Full details of the classes in the competition, of general rules and of class-specific rule are available here

2021 LBPS ANNUAL COMPETITION TO BE HELD LIVE ON ZOOM

CLASSES & SPECIFIC CLASS RULES

Seasoned Pipers - The Nigel Richard Trophy

Maximum 3 minutes (minimum 2 minutes). Solo on any Scottish bellows-blown pipes. Pipers over 65 years of age.

Intermediate - The Julian Goodacre Trophy

Maximum 3 minutes (minimum 2 minutes). For those who have never competed in a solo open instrumental class at any competition. Winner moves to Open the class in future LBPS competitions.

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 years' experience on any pipe.

Solo Pipe and Song - The Jimmy Wilson Memorial Cup

One piper, one song. Piper to sing whilst accompanying themselves on bellows-blown pipes.

Open solo for Scottish Smallpipes – The Colin Ross Trophy

Maximum 4 minutes (minimum 3 minutes). For anyone except those entered in Invitational, Novice, Intermediate or Seasoned Pipers classes and the winner from the previous year’s competition. However, after one year's absence, they may enter the competition in subsequent years.

Open solo for Lowland/Border pipes – The Hamish Moore Quaiche

Maximum 4 minutes (minimum 3 minutes). For anyone except those entered in Invitational, Novice, Intermediate or Seasoned Pipers classes and the winner from the previous year’s competition. However, after one year's absence, they may enter the competition in subsequent years.

ANNUAL COMPETITION RULES 2021 - GENERAL

Except where stated, all classes are open to either Border pipes or Scottish Smallpipes.

Tuning up:

Competitors should tune up offline (i.e., on mute in advance of their time slot) as far as possible, and it is expected that minimum tuning will be required once they are online.  To assist the judge and audience, please ensure there is a gap between tuning and starting their 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.

Judging:

A nominated judge will award a maximum of 50 marks for tuning, technique, musicality and appropriateness of repertoire.

Anyone who is closely connected to a competitor should not act as a judge for the competition in which that competitor is participating.

Permission to Record:

We would also like you to state in this email that you give your permission for us to record your performance in order that it may be included on our YouTube channel

However, if, after you have played, you decide that you would prefer that your performance does not appear on our You Tube channel, all you need to do is send an email to the above email address and let us know, and we will of course respect your wishes.

 

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For the longer rules that applied to the 2020 LBPS ANNUAL COMPETITION, please see below:

 

2020 LBPS ANNUAL COMPETITION

CLASSES & SPECIFIC CLASS RULES

Seasoned Pipers - The Nigel Richard Trophy
Maximum 3 minutes (minimum 2 minutes). Solo on any Scottish bellows-blown pipes. Pipers over 65 years of age.

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

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 years' experience on any pipe.

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
  • Tune must be able to be played on a standard pipe (tunes outwith the standard range will be disqualified)
  • Tune must be played on a bellows-blown pipe
  • 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
  • Sheet music for new compositions must be provided prior to the class to be potentially included in Common Stock.

Duet for Piper and Singer - The Judy Barker Trophy
One piper to accompany one singer for one song.

The Skeely Piper Trophy (2020 Theme - Perthshire tunes)

Border or Scottish smallpipes. The player must play tunes with a connection to Perthshire. Maximum 4 minutes (minimum 3 minutes). Anyone may enter.

Open solo for Scottish Smallpipes – The Colin Ross Trophy
Maximum 4 minutes (minimum 3 minutes). For anyone except those entered in Invitational, Novice, Intermediate or Seasoned Pipers classes and the winner from the previous year’s competition. However, after one year's absence, they may enter the competition in subsequent years.

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

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

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 accepted.

Open solo for Lowland/Border pipes – The Hamish Moore Quaiche
Maximum 4 minutes (minimum 3 minutes). For anyone except those entered in Invitational, Novice, Intermediate or Seasoned Pipers classes and the winner from the previous year’s competition. However, after one year's absence, they may enter the competition in subsequent years.

 

In addition to all the above classes The Martin Lowe Trophy is awarded to the piper who has made, in the judges’ collective opinion on the day of the Competition, the greatest contribution to Lowland and Border piping in both idiom and repertoire.

Overseas Class (and for those unable to attend the competition)

Entries are invited from LBPS members for this class which, despite its title, is open to all members unable to get to the chosen venue on the day of the Competition.

Entries should:

  1. be of one member playing any Scottish bellows-blown bagpipe;
  2. comprise any number of tunes in one track lasting between 3 and 4 mins (A single variation set, if chosen, may be longer than 4 mins).
  3. ensure that tunes are representative of Lowland and/or Border tradition.

Entries should be emailed in .mp3 or .wav format to ...tbc... together with the name and address of the player and the names of the tunes included in the email.

Entries should be emailed a clear fortnight before the day of the competition.

As with all other classes, entries will be judged in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and the results will be announced on the day of the competition. All entrants will receive feedback by email, and those placed in the top 3 will receive a certificate.

 

ANNUAL COMPETITION RULES - GENERAL

Except where stated, all classes are open to either Border pipes or Scottish Smallpipes.

With the exception of the Duet for Pipes and Other Instrument, Competitors will be allowed to enter the Duet competitions only once.

Sheet Music. 

Sheet music is allowed in the New Composition category. Whilst it is dicouraged in other categories it will be permitted if absolutely necessary.

Tuning up.

Competitors should use the tuning room facilities in the Centre to 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 their set.

Once tuned, competitors must introduce themselves and their programme to the audience.

TimingTime 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 for overall performance and musicality.

Anyone who is closely connected to a competitor should not act as a judge for the competition in which that competitor is participating.


Recording of the event.  It is the Society's normal procedure to record this event with the potential for publishing the results on the website. Players will be asked to record their consent (or otherwise) for this on the entry form.