Congratulations to all participants - Prize winners in each competition posted below
Comunn Gàidhlig Thoronto / The Gaelic Society of Toronto is pleased to host our annual Young Pipers Championship in the spring of 2017. The Championship is open to all Pipers 21 years and under and according to Grade.
Time: 12:00 p.m. - Doors open for Pipers to sign in and warm up
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Competition begins. Social time to follow
Location: The Seargeants' Mess - 48th Highlanders of Canada - Moss Park Armoury
130 Queen St. E., Toronto ON Canada
Cost: $20 per Piper (includes 2 spectator tickets); $5 per additional ticket at the door
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Deadline for entries is March 21, 2017. Please click on this link to register here.
Order of play will be posted by March 22, 2017.
Judge: Peter Aumonier - 78th Fraser Highlanders
Steward: Rick Culver
Awards & Requirements
A' Chiad Fharpais / Event One: The Gaelic Society of Toronto Captain Iain Macdonald Memorial Trophy
- Category: "Medley of Tunes" (must include one Gaelic Air)
- Open to pipers in either grades 1 or 2 (and 21 years of age or younger as of April 1 2017
- All competitors to perform a 3 to 5 minute medley of bagpipe music of their choice; the selection of tunes must include one slow air from the list of tunes posted below.
- Gaelic Society of Toronto Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in this category.
Winners - Event One:
1. Gavin Mackay - The Gaelic Society of Toronto Captain Iain Macdonald Memorial Trophy
2. Colin Johnstone
3. Mark McLennan
Preparation tip: While many of the tunes on the Gaelic air list are originally songs or pipe versions of the songs, suggest that parts be repeated as is the convention in Highland piping .. .particularly as this is a competition and invariably a well played air with parts not repeated (as might go the song) will not prevail over a equally well-played pipe rendition where the parts are repeated. So: repeat the parts.
An Dàrna Farpais /Event Two: The Scott MacAulay Memorial Trophy
- Category: "Gaelic Air"
- Open to pipers in either grades 3 or 4 (and 16 years of age or younger as of April 1, 2017.
- All competitors to submit one slow air and play once through, selected from the list of tunes posted below.
- Gaelic Society of Toronto Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th in this category.
Winners - Event Two:
1. Harrison Little - The Scott MacAulay Memorial Trophy
2. Rachel Gordon
3. Michael Malish
4. Matthew Parsons
List of Tunes
An Eala Bhàn (The White Swan) – Composer: Donald MacDonald of Coruna
- Bu deònach leam tilleadh (I would willingly return) – Composer: Hugh F MacKenzie
- Chì mi na mórbheanna (The Mist-covered Mountains) - Composer: John Cameron
- Chi Mi'n Toman (I see the hillock) – Traditional
- Gruagach òg an fhuilt bhàin (The Fair Maid of Barra) – Composer: John Campbell
- Leaving Barra - Composer: Michael "Bronni" MacKinnon
- Leaving Lochbosidale – Composer: John Wilson, Edinburgh/Toronto
- Leaving Rhu Vaternish – Traditional
- Leaving St Kilda – Composer: Willie Ross
- Loch Raineach (Loch Rannoch) – Composer: John Wilson, Edinburgh/Toronto
- Loch Monar – Composer: Willie Ross
- Máire Bhán Óg (Mary,Young and Fair) – Melody attributed: Duncan Ban Macintyre, Argyll
- Mo Dhachaigh (My Home) - Traditional
- Muile nam Mor-bheanna (Mull of the Mountains) – Composer: Duncan Livingstone, Crogan, Isle of Mull
- Sine Bhan (Fair Jean) – Composed Duncan Johnson (Islay)
- The Eastern Townships - Composer: Michael Grey
- Tog Orm Mo Phìob (Lament for Ruairidh Mòr) - Composer: Patrick Mor MacCrimmon