Alt Pibroch Club

Note from J David Hester, of the Alt Pibroch Club – www.altpibroch.com

It’s been a couple of years since I reached out to you, and I wanted to update you and your membership on the status of the Alt Pibroch Club, a suite of site dedicated to the transformation of pibroch performance and competition by exposing students to the insights garnered from primary source materials.

That’s a lot of big words. What it comes down to is, with the cooperation of the National Library of Scotland and the Piobaireachd Society of UK, we have assembled all but 12 of the 800 original manuscripts of 313 pibroch tunes from pre-1840 and made them available to everyone, for free. Every collection has its own page. Every tune page has links to every manuscript version, Gaelic dictionary entry from Roderick Cannon, and Allan Macdonald speaking the Gaelic titles (for pronunciation archiving). All this is available at www.altpibroch.com.

To help people better understand these materials, we have a supplemental site called Learning Living Pibroch (learning.altpibroch.com), where we post interviews with major contributors to the art (performers, competitors, adjudicators, conveyors), videos of performance, research articles and dissertations on history of pibroch, as well as instructional pages on how to adopt for performance the musical insights the primary source materials bring to the music.

Finally, we have also assembled, with Geoff Hore, a definitive bibliography of all bagpipe music ever produced. Building upon Roderick Cannon’s work, Geoff Hore (of Auckland, NZ) has been studiously accumulating and documenting the publication of all piping music and has made it available to anyone and everyone.

My purpose of reaching out to you is to simply share our work and invite you to take advantage of it. Our “Club” is free, but membership is not required to peruse the sites and download the PDFs.

We hope the members of your Society take advantage of our sites!

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Wellington Pipers Club Brown Cup: 13 June 2015: Royal New Zealand Police College, Porirua

WgtnPipersClubThe Wellington Pipers Club Presents:

  • The Brown Cup (Open Light Music)
  • The Everest Memorial Open Piobaireachd

Held at the Royal New Zealand Police College, Papakowhai, Porirua. on Saturday June 13 2015.

The Judging panel for both events will be senior club members Mr John Hanning and Mr Ross Hanning of Wellington. If entries warrant, two boards will operate and an additional panel advised.

The Prize money for both events is as follows: 1st $175 2nd $125 3rd $75 4th $ 50

The fourth prize will be awarded only if there are at least 8 competitors.

The Everest Memorial and Brown Cup competition has an entry fee of $8 for each event and is open to all financial club members. Anyone interested in competing who is not already a financial member of the Club can join the club for $20.

The Everest Memorial Piobaireachd competition commemorates Past President Bob Everest. Competitors will be required to submit three tunes of their own choice one of which will be selected by the judges to play. This competition will commence at 9.30am. (Times may change depending on entries).

The Brown Cup competition- The Brown Cup was donated by former club Patron WG Brown and requires competitors to play a march, strathspey and reel, jig and hornpipe and a slow air of their own choice with a maximum of two tuning breaks.

A March, Strathspey and Reel will be judged as a separate event within the Brown Cup and the winner will receive the Neil and Alan McPhee Memorial Tray.

This competition will commence at 1.30pm. (Times may change depending on entries)

Anyone interested in competing please complete entry form below.

Brown Cup Entry 2015

 

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2016 Tunes Out

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CNP’s Gold Medal Statue

The Secretary of the Music Committee, Greg Wilson, has announced the 2016 tunes.

Clasp Competition

  1. The Bells of Perth PS 2, K
  2. Scarce of Fishing PS 3, K
  3. The Earl of Ross’s March PS 10
  4. The MacDonalds’ Salute (Corrected version) (*) PS 11
  5. Lament for Hugh PS 13
  6. MacLeod of MacLeod’s Lament PS 15, K
  7. A Son’s Salute to his Parents Donald MacLeod Book
  8. The Phantom Piper of Corrieyairack (*) PS 20th Century Book

Scores for tunes marked (*) are available on the PS website at: www.piobaireachd.co.uk.

The winner receives the First Prize, the Louis MacKinnon Challenge Cup and a Clasp for the Gold Medal. The competition is confined to winners of the Society’s Gold Medal. Competitors are to submit 4 tunes chosen from the list of 8 Clasp tunes above, one of which they will be required to play. There must be a minimum of 3 competitors or the event will not be held.

Gold Medal Competition

  1. Lament for MacSwan of Roaig PS 1, K
  2. The Battle of Waternish PS 2, K
  3. The Gathering of Clan Chattan PS 2, K
  4. Mary’s Praise PS 5, K
  5. My King has landed in Moidart PS 5, K
  6. Isabel Mackay PS 6, K
  7. I got a Kiss of the King’s Hand PS 7, K
  8. The Stewarts’ White Banner PS 7

The winner receives the First Prize, The Highland Society of London Trophy for one year, and the Comunn na Piobaireachd (New Zealand) Inc Gold Medal. Former winners are not eligible to compete. Competitors are to submit 4 tunes chosen from the list of 8 Gold Medal tunes above, one of which they will be required to play. Entry to the Gold Medal competition is restricted to pipers who have not previously won the Gold Medal event and who are:

  • Pipers with a P&D Assn ‘A’ Grade, or
  • Pipers who have been awarded a prize (other than first prize) in a previous Comunn na Piobaireachd Gold Medal competition since 1990, or
  • Pipers who have previously won the Comunn na Piobaireachd Silver Medal competition.

No medal will be awarded if the judges are of the opinion that the standard does not warrant the award.

Silver Medal Competition

  1. 1. Lament for the Castle of Dunyveg PS 1
  2. Hector MacLean’s Warning (#) PS 2
  3. The Rout of the MacPhees (#) PS 4
  4. A Flame of Wrath for Patrick Caogach PS 5, K
  5. I am Proud to play a Pipe PS 6, K
  6. Castle Menzies PS 8
  7. The MacDonalds are Simple (#) PS 9
  8. The Piper’s Warning to his Master PS 12, K

For the purposes of the Silver Medal competitions, tunes marked (#) require crunluaths a mach. The winner receives the First Prize and the Comunn na Piobaireachd (New Zealand) Inc Silver Medal. Former winners are not eligible to compete. Competitors are to submit 3 tunes chosen from the list of 6 Silver Medal tunes above, one of which they will be required to play. Entry to the Silver Medal competition is restricted to pipers who have not previously won the Silver Medal event and who are Pipers with a P&D Assn ‘B’ Grade. Previous winners of the Comunn na Piobaireachd Bronze Medal are eligible for entry to the Silver Medal. No medal will be awarded if the judges are of the opinion that the standard does not warrant the award.

Important Note: The number of tunes to be submitted for the Silver Medal will remain at 3 tunes until the Society’s competitions in 2018, at which time competitors will be required to submit 4 tunes from the set list.

Bronze Medal Competition

  • The winner receives the First Prize and the Comunn na Piobaireachd (New Zealand) Inc Bronze Medal.
  • Former winners are not eligible to compete.
  • Competitors are to submit 2 tunes of their own choice, one of which they will be required to play.
  • Entry to the Bronze Medal competition is restricted to pipers with a Piping and Dancing Association ‘C’ Grade or lower. Note that a competitor entered for the Bronze Medal cannot play up in the Silver Medal.
  • No medal will be awarded if the judges are of the opinion that the standard does not warrant the award.

PS = Piobaireachd Society Collection
K = Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor

Competitors are not restricted to settings in the Piobaireachd Society Collection and Kilberry Book. Those who wish to play alternative settings should submit legible scores, indicating the origins of the settings, to competition organisers along with their tune selections.

Altogether different tunes known by the same or similar names will not be accepted as alternatives.

For the Music Committee,

Greg Wilson

Secretary

12 April 2015

 

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Hawke’s Bay Easter Highland Games: Entry Details

HB Easter Highland Games Piping PB and NZC 2015

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Wellington Pipers Club – Piobaireachd at LOCHANBRAE: This Sunday

Our first event for 2015 is an invitation to the home of club member Ross Edwards in Otaki for a BYO BBQ and few tunes on Sunday 18 January 2015.

This is a fantastic setting to come and enjoy some fellowship, have a picnic and hear a few tunes and those that attended last year had a fantastic day.

Details are as below:

Wellington Pipers Club – Piobaireachd at LOCHANBRAE

Listen and or play Piobaireachd in a non-competitive park like setting. Families are most welcome, kids enjoyed the indoor pool last year.

Expect a wonderful sunny relaxed afternoon with some great tunes heard across all levels and wonderful companionship.

We will start things off with a BYO pick nick / BBQ – we will have a burner running as I have actually filled the gas bottle this year !
Please arrive around 12:30, so we can eat then proceed into some tunes. 12:30 pm Sunday 18th Jan 2015.

Malcolm MacRae is visiting from Australia and this could be a great opportunity to receive feedback from him too.

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Murray Henderson/Greg Wilson Piobaireachd Seminar: 6-9 April 2015

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Donald Bain, teacher of both Murray Henderson and Greg Wilson

This is the best chance you will have in Australasia to improve your knowledge and skills of the Big Music with two of the best exponents and teachers. Don’t miss it! 

On a personal note, I’ve been to two of these seminars before and they are brilliant. Excellent for beginners, experts and enthusiasts. Phil Mair

Makoura Lodge, Apiti 6th to 9th April 2015

This seminar is suitable for piobaireachd enthusiasts at all levels to extend their depth of knowledge and appreciation of this great music. It follows on from the Hastings Highland Games 4th and 5th April 2015.

The programme will include tuition, workshops, performance and social events. The seminar is being held at the idyllic Makoura Lodge in Apiti renowned for its great food, hospitality and scenery.

You will learn new tunes and improve your technique, interpretation and presentation.

To impart this knowledge we are arranging to have two of the world’s leading authorities, who are also two of Donald Bain’s pupils . . .

The cost will be no more than NZ$400* which includes accommodation and  wonderful meals!

*We are currently working on funding applications to reduce this but even at $400 this represents exceptional value for money. (As a comparison the RNZPBA summer school costs $810 for tuition accommodation and meals).

Please supply the following information and pay your $50 deposit by 30th November to reserve your place. Balance will be due no later than 6th April.

POST: Donald Bain Piobaireachd Seminar – April 2015, PO Box 5421, Wellington

EMAIL: piobaireachdnz@gmail.com

DIRECT CREDIT: Comunn na Piobaireachd (NZ) Ltd, National Bank,

06-0501-0030929-00

Be sure to include your surname and the word seminar in the reference. For further queries phone: Marion 027 4271186 or Iain h (04) 977 5072

Name:

Postal address:

Email:

Phone:

Please enrol me for the 2015 Piobaireachd seminar at Apiti. I have enclosed a cheque for $50/paid $50 by direct credit.

(please cross out one of the above).

If possible I would like to share a room with: ________________________

I have special dietary requirements as follows:______________________

I am able to assist with transport as follows: _______________________

Do your best to get a group of your friends together to share travel Costs but wellington based attendees may be able to assist with Transport as follows: (please indicate what you may require).

I need a ride from Wellington to Hastings on Friday the 3rd of April yes/no.

I need a ride from Hastings to Apiti on Monday 6th April yes/no.

I need a ride from Apiti to wellington on Thursday 9th April yes/no

Suggestions for inclusion in the seminar or other comment:

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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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