NZ Police Pipe Band & Wellington Red Hackle: Concert & Ceilidh 4 October 2014


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Manawatu Scottish & Scots College Concert: Sunday 28 Setptember


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NZ National Youth Pipe Band Give a Little Donation Site

The following is a link to the Give a Little donation site set up for the Foundation National Youth Pipe Band, if you would like to make a donation.

Give a Little


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Highland Piping Society of Canterbury AGM & Invitation Competition: 7.30pm 21 June

Camelot Room – Chateau on the Park 189 Deans Ave, Riccarton, Christchurch. Entry – $10.00. At the conclusion of the HPSC 2014 AGM, we have invited the following local emerging pipers to compete in this year’s 2014 Invitation event:

  • Harrison Allen
  • Josh Smith
  • James Wansink
  • Reuben McDonnell

Each competitor is asked to play a March, Strathspey and Reel, and then perform a 4 minute medley of their own choice of tunes. This program is a mix of the structure of an MSR and the freedom of an own choice medley to express their talent and importantly impress the judges.

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Murray Henderson & Greg Wilson to Conduct Seminar in NZ 2015

Piobaireachd Seminar 2011Comunn na Piobaireachd NZ is delighted to announce that following the Hastings Highland Games at Easter next year there will be a seminar conducted by Murray Henderson and Greg Wilson. It will be held at Makoura Lodge from the 6th to 9th of April 2015. This will be a wonderful opportunity for piobaireachd enthusiasts at all levels to learn new tunes, hone their skills, and be inspired by two of the worlds best exponents of of this art. Further details to follow.

Having been to these seminars before (see the above photograph of a previous seminar at Makoura Lodge) I can vouch for the benefits of a concentrated period of Piobaireachd learning from experts. Just as importantly; it was fun.

To help the organisers please indicate your tentative interest by filling out the following form:


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Stuart Easton Wins Celtic Inn Targe for Piobaireachd & Greg Wilson Wins Colin Craig Claidhmor

Stuart Easton & Greg Wilson

Click here for the full results.


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Draw for the Targe and Claidhmor: 24 May 2014: Celtic Inn Palmerston North

Targe (Piobaireachd)

9.10 – Stewart McKenzie
9.30 – Greg Wilson
9.50 – Richard Cox
10.10 – Marion Horsburgh
10.30 – Stuart Easton
10.50 – Iain Robertson
11.10 – Liam Kernaghan
11.30 – Willie Rowe
11.50 – Jamie Hawke


1.30 – Marian Horsburgh
1.45 – Jamie Hawke
2.00 – Stewart McKenzie
2.15 – Liam Kernaghan
2.30 – Greg Wilson
2.45 – Willie Rowe
3.00 – Stuart Easton
3.15 – Richard Cox
3.30 – Iain Robertson

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Wellington Pipers Club Emerging Players Competition: 28 June 2014

WgtnPipersClubThe Wellington Pipers Club will once again hold its annual competition for Emerging Players at Levin on Saturday 28 June 2014.

Click on the following to obtain an entry form for the event:

Levin 2014 Entry Form

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Wellington Pipers Club Brown Cup: 14 June 2014

WgtnPipersClubThe Wellington Pipers Club will once again host its annual Brown Cup and Everest Piobaireachd events on Saturday 14 June 2014 at the Royal New Zealand Police College. Entry is open to any current club member and new members are more then welcome to join and play in the event.

The College has great facilities for listening to piping. The canteen is open throughout the day and the College bar open at 4.00pm. Please mark your calendars as this is always a great days piping. Click on the following link to obtain the entry form.

Brown Cup Entry 2014

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Completed PhD on Piobaireachd in New Zealand Now Available

Daniel Milosavljevic

Daniel Milosavljevic has recently graduated with a PhD from the University of Otago as a result of his research on piobaireachd in New Zealand, undertaken from 2010 to 2013. Challenging existing research on Highland piping, his doctoral thesis explores whether piobaireachd reflects contemporary society – in this case, New Zealand.

Daniel also holds a Master of Arts, Postgraduate Diploma in Music, and Bachelor of Music from the University of Otago. Having been studying on and off for the past 10 years, and being somewhat absent from the piping community as a result, Daniel is overjoyed to have finally completed this project.

His doctoral thesis reveals that piobaireachd in New Zealand offers clear indications of contemporary local influences. At the same time, however, the authentic qualities of piobaireachd in New Zealand were reinforced throughout Daniel’s research, defying geographic distance and differences between New Zealand and Scotland. Daniel suggests that these findings formalise much of what we (as practitioners of piobaireachd) already know – that there is a great complexity to piobaireachd beyond reading notes off a piece of paper and making sound. One of his conclusions is that this is what can make piobaireachd challenging to perform and appreciate, but also incredibly satisfying and rewarding when done right.

A full digital version of his doctoral thesis is available from the following link by clicking here.

Daniel hopes to gain an academic posting and to continue to conduct research on Highland piping in New Zealand. He can be contacted at if you have any questions or comments.

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