LBPS Annual Competition 2014

Saturday, April 19th 2014

The 2014 competition will be held this year in The National Piping Centre, Glasgow..

Please fill in and return entry forms to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , one for each class you plan to enter...

Saturday, April 19th

The Society's annual competition will take place on April 19th in 2014. It will be held in The National Piping Centre, Glasgow.
The Annual Competition is a very non-competitive event, more an excuse for a get-together - so those of you used to the cut and thrust of Highland piping competitions, put those thoughts aside.


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DOORS OPEN  9:30am - First class 10:00am

The Annual Competition is more of a social gathering than a competitive event. Although there is an official judge for every class, members of the audience also participate in voting. No special knowledge is required for this - simply an appreciation of the music. Food is also available at The Centre and there are a host of restaurants, bistros and pubs within easy walking distance so the venue is well suited for a great day out. Tea and coffee are served during the day, at reasonable prices, and spectators are very welcome.


The Secretary would appreciate pre-registration 

please let her know what classes you will enter, and the names of your tunes (Judy Barker, 6 Liggars Place, Dunfermline, KY12 7XZ / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01383 620184).
Separate Booking Forms are required for each class. They can be downloaded from the links included in the class notes below [the same form is used for all classes which are pipes alone, but you must submit a separate one for each class and indicate which class from the list on the form]. Please return them to the address above. Entries for all classes must be confirmed and paid for on the day before 11.00 so make sure you arrive in plenty of time.
The entry per competitor (per event) remains unchanged at £2.50 for members and £5 per class for non members.
Entry for non players is £3.50 for the day.
Depending on demand, it may be necessary to limit the entries to some classes.


Martin Lowe Memorial Trophy

The third year of the trophy in memory of former LBPS Chairman Martin Lowe. This will be awarded, not for a particular class, but for the piper who, in the opinion of the judges, makes the greatest contribution on the day to the performance of Lowland and Border music.  All performances will be considered for this award – no separate entry is required. Guidelines for the judging of this trophy are available here.


1. Seasoned pipers - The Nigel Richard Trophy
Maximum 3 minutes (minimum 2 minutes). Solo on any Scottish bellows blown pipes. For any piper over 65 years of age, except those entered in Novice, Intermediate or Open classes. Download Seasoned Pipers booking form

2. Intermediate - The Julian Goodacre Trophy
Maximum 3 minutes (minimum 2 minutes). For those who have never competed in a solo open instrumental class at this competition. Winner moves to open class in future LBPS competitions. . Download Intermediate booking form

3. Novice - The Heriot and Allan Quaich
Maximum 2 minutes (minimum 1 minute). Maximum 2 tunes. Border or Scottish smallpipes. A Novice is defined as a player with less than two year's experience on any pipe. Download Novice booking form

4. Pipe and song - The Jimmy Wilson Memorial Cup
One piper, one song. Piper to sing whilst accompanying themselves on the bellows pipes. Download Pipe and Song booking form.

5. Open solo for Scottish small pipes - Colin Ross Trophy
Maximum 4 minutes (minimum 3 minutes). For anyone except those entered in Novice, Intermediate or Seasoned pipers classes and the winner from the previous year’s competition. However, after one year’s absence, he/she may enter the competition in subsequent years.. Download Open Smallpipes booking form.


6. Duet for pipes and other instrument - Dunfermline Tassie
Maximum 4 minutes (minimum 3 minutes). Any Scottish bellows blown pipe played with any other instrument other than a bagpipe. Download Duet for pipes and other instrument booking form

7. New Composition – The London Trophy
Maximum 4 minutes. One tune only per competitor, played twice through. Tune must have been composed since the last competition and played on bellows blown pipes. The music for new compositions must be provided (manuscript or recording) for potential inclusion in Common Stock. The New Composition will be played by one piper only with no other instrument. A competitor may enter someone else's composition as long as they have the composer's permission.  Download New Composition booking form

8. Duet for Pipe and Singer- The Judy Barker Trophy
One piper to accompany one singer for one song. Download Duet for pipes and voice booking form

9. Duet for pipes - Mains Castle Medals Maximum
4 minutes (minimum 3 minutes). Two pipers, two sets of pipes, one of which must be Border or Scottish smallpipes. Please note that some harmony is required, and merely playing in unison will not be marked. Download Duet for pipes booking form

10. Open solo for Lowland/Border pipes - Hamish Moore Cup
Maximum 4 minutes (minimum 3 minutes). For anyone except those entered in Novice, Intermediate or Seasoned pipers classes and the winner from the previous year’s competition. However, after one year’s absence, he/she may enter the competition in subsequent years. Download Border pipes Open solo booking form.


Except where stated, all classes are open to either Border pipes or Scottish Smallpipes.
The winners of last year's open classes may not compete in that class this year.
With the exception of the Duet for Pipes and Other Instrument, competitors will be allowed to enter the Duet competitions only once. Competitors may enter the Duet for Pipes and Other Instrument twice as long as they play a different instrument with a different person the second time.

Sheet Music. Competitors using sheet music will not be marked by the judges, except in the New Composition category where sheet music is allowed.

Tuning up. Competitors should tune up off-stage as far as possible, and it is expected that minimum tuning will be required once they are on stage. To assist the judge and audience, please ensure there is a gap between tuning and starting your set. Once tuned, competitors must introduce themselves and their programme to the audience.

Timing: Time your pieces!!! Although a 15 second overrun is permitted, points will be deducted at the rate of 5 marks per 15 seconds after this. Competitors will be disqualified for a one minute overrun. There will be a minimum time restriction for each category, with the exception of the 'New Composition Class'. This will be one minute less than the maximum, with marks deducted for under-running the same as for overruns. 

Judging. A nominated judge will award a maximum of 50 marks for tuning, technique, musicality and appropriateness of repertoire. Players will also be judged by 5 members of the audience, who will award up to 10 marks each based on overall performance, musicality and enjoyment. Anyone who is closely connected to a competitor should not act as a judge for the competition in which that competitor is participating.

Guidelines for judging the Martin Lowe Memorial Trophy

This class has been introduced specifically to promote Lowland and Border Music.In reviewing performances two main criteria will be given priority.

1. Repertoire.

The repertoire should be recogniseably Lowland or Border. Sources are many and varied but suggestions could be from :-
- one of the many books published of Lowland and Border music.
- songs from the Lowlands and Borders.
- personal research.

2. Style.

The style is more difficult to define but as a guide, the following points should be taken into consideration.
- The performance should salute the tradition by following the melody and phrasing of the original as closely and sensitively as possible.
- The gracings or ornaments employed in the interpretation of the piece should be used in such a way as to enhance the music. The player should not feel hide-bound by gracings which may have been learned in the teaching of Highland Pipes but should be encouraged to be creative in this process.
- Close attention should be paid to the social context of the music e.g. dance music should be played at appropriate tempi and rhythms.
- The competitors will be encouraged to, and they should feel free to, interprate the music in a very personal and individual style .