Glenfiddich Piping Championships 2020
Glenfiddich Piping Championships 2020
The National Piping Centre and William Grant Foundation are delighted to announce that the Glenfiddich Piping Championship for 2020 will go ahead online for 2020. To ensure a musically enhanced and faultless experience, all the performances will be recorded live from Blair Castle and premiered online from 10am UK time on Saturday 31st October. The event will take place behind closed doors at Blair Castle, with competitors, judges and a small technical team providing an online stream for the audience. The online stream is £15. It will all adhere to strict COVID – 19 risk assessment and guidelines, like the recent Silver Chanter and other Piping Live! events.
Invited to compete are: Finlay Johnston, Callum Beaumont, Jack Lee, Roddy MacLeod MBE, Angus MacColl, Stuart Liddell, Iain Speirs, Willie McCallum, Connor Sinclair and Bruce Gandy
The list was compiled commencing with the defending Glenfiddich Champion and the winner of The Bratach Gorm and Overall Champion from the 2019 Scottish Piping Society of London Annual Competition – the only qualifying event to take place, To bring the total to 10, invitations were extended to still competing past Glenfiddich Champions and, because of duplications, to second overall placings
The judges are:
Piobaireachd: Iain MacFadyen, Willie Morrison, Dr. Jack Taylor
March Strathspey and Reel: Walter Cowan, Colin MacLellan, Ian McLellan
Fear an Tighe for the day will be John Wilson
Players Biography and Programme
For those who usually attend Blair Castle, you will be familiar with the programme that is included as part of your ticket. It contains a list of players, their biographies and a space for notes - running order, your thoughts on the performance. We have produced a special 2020 version, that is downloadable so you can print your own and use it at home this year.
Win a Set of Pipes when you Buy Tickets!
There is an additional incentive to register for online tickets this year. Everyone that buys a ticket online will be entered into a prize draw for one of two sets of pipes. There is a set of McRae SL4 Bagpipes from McCallum Bagpipes and a set of Peter Henderson PH1HT Heritage bagpipes from R.G. Hardie & Co, generously donated by these companies. You MUST REGISTER before 5pm on FRIDAY 30th OCTOBER to be entered in to the draw.
The National Piping Centre team are delighted to be bringing this event to the piping world this autumn. By buying a ticket to the event you are supporting not only The National Piping Centre for this event at this tough time, but also supporting the players, tech staff and the ongoing work of The National Piping Centre across all its teaching and associated projects.
Make a Donation
This year, The National Piping Centre needs your help. The pandemic has hit our charity hard, making it hard to teach piping and continue to develop projects to support piping across the world. We would be grateful if you could make a donation to us to help us continue with our work into the future. If you are having a watch party where there are several of you getting together to watch on one ticket, we hope you could spare us a few extra pounds, euros or dollars, which would help ensure the future of The National Piping Centre and all its projects at this worrying time.
How to Register
Click BUY TICKETS below to register now. When the pop out box opens up, under the NPC logo it says Login / Sign Up. Please click on Sign Up, from there you can register and pay. On the day, come back to this page and refresh the stream at 10am, then sit back and enjoy the day. The stream will remain online for 24 hours after the event for viewers to re-watch.
If you are new to Inplayer, please Register as a new account. If you watched any of the Piping Live! events, please use the LOGIN section and the same login credentials that you used while registering for the Piping Live! event. From there you will be prompted to pay for the event.
How to log in or view the event
- To log in and view the event, please return here, to this page www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/glenfiddich after purchasing your tickets.
- It maybe that you are already logged in. Please scroll to the bottom of the page, and you should see what looks like a black box, with the words "This event hasnt started yet". If you see this, you are already logged in and need take no further action until Saturday. On Saturday, please refresh the page at 10am and it will take you to the online stream.
If you see the purchase box
- Click on the "Buy tickets" Button below as you did when you purchases
- When the pop out box opens up, just under the logo at the top you will see in small letters Log In/Sign up
- Please click on Log In and there you can in put the email and password that you registered with and this should then take you through to a holding page, saying come back when the stream is live.
- Once you are logged in, you should see what looks like a black box, with the words "This event hasnt started yet". Come back to this page on Saturday, refresh your page and it should go online.
Please do not use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge browsers as these aren't compatible with the player. Please use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers as they will show you the stream.
We recommend setting this up as soon as possible after purchasing your ticket. When you have logged in, you should see a holding screen with an image of the castle and trophy, and a donate button. Then just return there on the day, refresh the page at 10am and it should all become active.
Due to the way we are streaming this event, it should take up lower bandwidth for watching. But if you are experiencing buffering of your stream, or it stalling, you can reduce the stream quality to ensure uninterupted viewing. Hover your mouse/cursor over the player. In the bottom right corner of the screen you will see a small cog. Click this and a number of streaming widths will appear. If you choose one that is 720p or less, this will reduce the quality, but should ensure a steady stream.
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