SOLO PIPING: Convener Mr Ian Johnston, BRHS Committee Member
The solo piping competitions start at 9.30 am and run throughout the day. These are run in different categories with senior, junior and local competitors welcome.
The Open Senior section for both Pibroch & Light Music i.e. March, Strathspey & Reel is for over 18’s, but if someone younger has reached a high enough standard they may apply to the Convener to enter.
Trophies are awarded for different aspects of playing and each section is judged by three judges who are appointed by our committee. A gold medal is awarded to the winner of the Pibroch and silver medal to the best overseas player provided they have not won the gold medal.
Winning the Gold medal at Braemar is an aspiration for many pipers, and competition is of the highest standard with pipers coming from all over the world to compete. Entry is limited to 25 for the Pibroch and 30 for the Light Music. Entry is by application to the BRHS.
The open under 18 competition is run in same format as the senior boards but with only two judges for each section.
Although there is no special prize for best overseas player, there are trophies for best player in each section and best overall.
Piping is in the roots of the Society and a tradition which is strongly supported, to keep it alive in the area there are also competitions for players who qualify as local to our area, and one for those pipers who are local to our kindred gatherings of Aboyne, Ballater & Lonach.