Match Report Tuesday 31st October 2017

IMG_7839Halloween, Guy Fawkes, London and Remembrance Sunday brings quite the eclectic feel to the end of the competitive piping season and with the clocks changing, the scrapers and de-icer on standby, winter is not far away.

A record sized band took to the floor, and despite some notable names missing, 16 pipers knocked out a few sets. The aim is to have a run through the MSR before the years end so keep up the good work.IMG_E7848

With an eye on the big London competition Andrew Yu and Jenny Hazzard were the evenings soloists.

Andrew, just back from a visit to Hong Kong, got the second half going with some 3/4s and once he was in his stride he gave us a lovely MSR starting with the great Willie McCallum Senior’s March, composed of course by Willie, for his dad. If Andrew takes this form to London in the C grade he will do well.

IMG_7840Jenny was up next and was quickly into some of her London repertoire, playing the 2/4 marches, MacLean of Pennycross, Mrs Duncan MacFadyen and Murdo’s Wedding. She was quickly into some big strathspeys and reels before deciding that the pipe was in good shape and did not need overplayed.IMG_7847

The London results are below and as you will see our Eagles did very well, especially Iain Speirs and Peter McAlister.

As we head into Remembrance weekend, when we commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts, piping and pipers all over the world will be to the fore.

23316389_10214590533580219_7646876812067812049_nIt is nice to see Eagles Craig and Josh Robertson and John Fraser having a tune at Ypres.

Bright red Flanders poppies were delicate but resilient flowers and grew in their thousands, flourishing even in the middle of chaos and destruction. In early May 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lt Col John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies to write a now famous poem called ‘In Flanders Fields‘.

In Flanders’ fields the poppies blowremembrance-day1
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders’ fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders’ Fields.

The next meeting is on Tuesday 14th November at 20.00hrs.

Euan Anderson

Hon P/M

The Scottish Piping Society of London results

Bratach Gorm
1st Roddy MacLeod, “Lament for the Viscount of Dundee”
2nd Callum Beaumont, Linlithgow, Scotland, “Lament for Ronald MacDonald of Morar”
3rd Bruce Gandy, “The Big Spree”
4th Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, “Lord Lovat’s Lament”
5th Finlay Johnston, Glasgow, Lament for the Children”
Judges: Ian Duncan, Stuart Samson, Andrew Wright

 (William Gillies Cup)
1st Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, “Nameless” (cherede darieva)
2nd Bruce Gandy, “Lachlan MacNeill Campbell of Kintarbert’s Fancy”
3rd Alasdair Henderson, Glasgow, “My King Has Landed in Moidart”
4th Glenn Brown, Glasgow, “Beloved Scotland”
5th Jamie Forrester, London
Judges: Archie MacLean, Willie, Morrison, Bill Wotherspoon

 (London Medallion & John MacFadyen Quaich)
1st Finlay Johnston
2nd Jack Lee
3rd Seumas Coyne, Van Nuys, California
4th Alasdair Henderson
5th Callum Beaumont
Judges: Jimmy Banks, Walter Cowan, Jack Taylor

March (P-M J.B. Robertson Silver Rose Bowl)
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Roddy MacLeod
3rd Finlay Johnston
Judges: Bob Worrall, Andrew Wright

Hornpipe & Jig (Mary Flora Beaton Cup)
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Alasdair Henderson
3rd Roddy MacLeod
Judges: Bob Worrall, Andrew Wright

Grade A/B+
 (R.G. Lawrie Ram’s Horn Snuff Mull)
1st Peter McAllister, Dunblane, Scotland
2nd Derek Midgley, New Jersey
3rd Jamie Forrester
Judges: Ian Duncan, Stuart Samson

MSR (Strachan Memorial)
1st Darach Urquhart, Glasgow
2nd Callum Moffat, Lockerbie, Scotland
3rd Ben McClamrock, Washington, DC
Judges: Walter Cowan, Ian McLellan

Jig (Donald Forbes Medal)
1st Andrew Donlon, Washington, DC
2nd Callum Moffat
3rd Darach Urquhart
Judges: Walter Cowan, Ian McLellan

 (John Roe Plate)
1st Eddie Gaul, Dundee, Scotland
2nd Ben McClamrock, Washington, DC
3rd Gavin Ferguson
4th Steven Leask, Glasgow
5th Sarah Muir, Glasgow
Judges: Logan Tannock, Robert Wallace

MSR (London Scottish Hodden Grey Trophy)
1st Matt Wilson
2nd Andrew Donlon
3rd Greig Canning, Edinburgh
Judges: Dixie Ingram, Ian McLellan

Jig (Hugh MacMillan Trophy)
1st Ross Cowan, Annan, Scotland
2nd Matt Wilson
3rd Eddie Gaul
Judges: Archie MacLean, Willie Morrison, Bill Wotherspoon


The Council Chamber

 (National Piping Centre Trophy)
1st John McElmurry
2nd Ciaren Ross
3rd Gwenael Dage
Judge: Euan Anderson

MSR (P-M Robert Crabb BEM Trophy)
1st Ciaren Ross
2nd Dan Nevans
3rd Andrew Hutton
Judges: Jimmy Banks, Dixie Ingram

1st John Dew
2nd Matt Supranowicz
3rd Kyle Shead
Judge: Euan Anderson


Some post contest fun in the Elephant and Castle. Kate Kimove (Bug) taking her turn


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