Cowal Highland Gathering – solo piping
24th - 26th August 2017

Competitors
Solo Piping

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Competitors  »  Solo Piping

Solo piping

We are once again looking forward to welcoming some of the best solo pipers from across the world to compete at Cowal.

The standard is always extremely high as the pipers battle it our for some of the oldest and most prestigous trophies around.


This year the solo piping competitions will take place on the 26th August 2016.

There will be senior and juvenile competitions taking place throughout the day. The senior events will start at 9am on the top field in the stadium. There will be competitions for A, B and C grade pipers.

The juvenile competitions will also start at 9am, but will be on the lower field. The Local juvenile competitions will take place on the lower field in the afternoon.


SENIOR EVENTS - A and B Grade

Event A - Grade A Piobaireachd
Event B - Grade B Piobaireachd
Event C - Grade A March
Event D - Grade B March
Event E - Grade A Strathspey and Reel
Event F - Grade B Strathspey and Reel


All the above events will take place on the top field and are expected to start at 9am.

C Grade Competition
Event P - Grade C Piobaireachd
Event Q - Grade C March
Event R - Grade C Strathspey and Reel

Will be on the lower field and will start at 1pm.

Event G - The Burgh Cup - Local March Strathspey and Reel
The Burgh Cup competition is open to those born in the Argyll and Bute area, or who have been resident there for six months prior to the competition date and are 16 years or over.

JUVENILE EVENTS

Event H - Open Juvenile Piobaireachd aged 15 and under
Event I - Open Juvenile Piobaireachd aged 16 and 17
Event J - Open Juvenile March, Strathspey and Reel aged 15 and under
Event K - Open Juvenile March, Strathspey and reel aged 16 and 17

The Juvenile events above are expected to begin at 9am on the lower field. Exact timings will be confirmed after the closing date for entries.

Event L - Local Juvenile March age 15 and under from Argyll and Bute
Event M - Local Juvenile Strathspey and Reel aged 15 and under from Argyll and Bute

Events L and M will take place in the lower field and are expected to start at 10.30

Event N - Novice Juvenile Piping Competition
For Novice Juvenile graded pipers. Please note that the geographical restrictions have been removed from this event and entries are now open to all novice juvenile pipers.
Novice Juvenile pipers who have competed in any competition as a juvenile piper are not eligible to enter this competition.


Senior Events - Top Field

9.00am - Events A, B, C, D, E, F start

Senior Events - Lower Field

1.00pm - Events P, Q and R start



Juvenile Events - Lower Field

9.00am - Events H, I, J, K start

10.30am - Events G, L and M start

All timings are approximate at this time and will be confirmed mid July 2016

Prizegivings

All prizegivings will take place in the lower field (Black Park) area.
It is expected that the times of the various prizegivings will be as follows;

Juvenile Competitions - 11.30am



The above timings are approximate. Depending on the progress of the competitions it may be necessary to change the presentations times slightly. However if this is the case announcements will be made over the public address system to notify competitors and spectators.

Details coming soon.
We are pleased to announce the judging panel for the 2016 solo piping competitions:




We wish to thank all of our judges and stewards for their support of the solo piping competitions.
Entries for the 2016 competition closed on the 1st July 2016 and it is no longer possible to enter.

This year the solo piping competition at the Cowal Gathering will take place on Friday 26th August. As in recent years there will be senior competitions at Grade A, B and C level as well as juvenile competitions.

Competitors in the Senior grade are required to submit their chosen tunes when completing the entry form. The number of tunes required depends on the grade being entered;

Grade A - are required to submit 5 Piobaireachds, 5 Marches and 5 Strathspey and Reels
Grade B - are required to submit 4 piobaireachds, 4 Marches and 4 Strathspey and Reels
Grade C - are required to submit 3 Piobaireachds, 3 Marches and 3 Strathspey and Reels

The senior competitions will take place on the top field and will begin at 9am. Registration for seniors will also be on the top field. The juvenile competitions will take place on the lower field, with the open events beginning at 9am and the local events taking place in the afternoon. (exact time to be confirmed). Registration for juveniles will also be on the lower field.

Competitors entering the local events must have been born in the Argyll and Bute area or have resided there for at least 6 months prior to the date of competition.

Order of play will be decided by a random draw performed after the closing date, which is the 1st of July. The order of play will be issued to each competitor along with their competitor passes well before the competition date. It is the responsibility of the piper to present themselves at the playing platform at the correct time and failure to do so could result in their elimination.

Competitor numbers will be recieved upon registration and must be worn when competing. We would appreciate it if all trophy winners were in their uniform for the presentations.

The event details are as follows.

SENIOR COMPETITIONS

Event A - Grade A Piobaireachd
Event B - Grade B Piobaireachd
Event C - Grade A March
Event D - Grade B March
Event E - Grade A Strathspey and Reel
Event F - Grade B Strathspey and Reel
Event P - Grade C Piobaireachd
Event Q - Grade C March
Event R - Grade C Strathspey and Reel

Event G - The Burgh Cup - Local March, Strathspey and Reel 16yrs and over

JUVENILE COMPETITIONS
Event H - Open Juvenile Piobaireachd - 15yrs and under
Event I - Open Juvenile Piobeareachd - 16yrs and 17yrs
Event J - Open Juvenile March, Strathspey and Reel - 15yrs and under
Event K - Open Juvenile March, Strathspey and reel - 16yrs and 17yrs
Event L - Local Juvenile March - 15yrs and under
Event M - Local Juvenile Strathspey and Reel - 15yrs and under
Event N - Novice Juvenile competiton. **

**Please note the Novice Juvenile competition is now an open competition and there is no geographical restriction on entries.



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