Lyttelton Manor Highland Gathering – Order of Play

Saturday, 12th April 2014, sees the first gathering of the 2014 pipe band contest season kick-off at Lyttelton Manor High School in Selborne Avenue, Lyttelton, Pretoria. The Order of Play for the pipe bands is as listed below.

Novice Juvenile March Selection (Arena 2)
Ensemble : Ewen Gilchrist
Piping 1 : Sean Maher
Piping 2 : Graham Whitley
Drum Corps : Dave Jeffrey
Bass Section : Lynne van den Berg
10H00 Cornwall Hill College
10H10 Jeppe CBC Boksburg
10H20 Benoni Novice Juvenile

Novice Juvenile March Strathspey & Reel (Arena 1)
Ensemble : Roger Davies
Piping 1 : Andy Dippenaar
Piping 2 : Struan Young
Drum Corps : Kevi Levin
Bass Section : Kylie Howard
10H35 Jeppe CBC Boksburg
10H45 Benoni Novice Juvenile

Juvenile March Strathspey & Reel (Arena 2)
Ensemble : Robert du Toit
Piping 1 : Gavin Abell
Piping 2 : Geoff Irvine
Drum Corps : Richard Dockerill
Bass Section : Lauren Strimer
10H30 St Benedict’s Juvenile
10H40 Benoni Juvenile
10H50 Pretoria Boys Juvenile

Juvenile Medley Selection (Arena 1)
Ensemble : Ewen Gilchrist
Piping 1 : Sean Maher
Piping 2 : Graham Whitley
Drum Corps : Dave Jeffrey
Bass Section : Lynne van den Berg
10H55 St Benedict’s Juvenile
11H05 Benoni Juvenile
11H15 Pretoria Boys Juvenile

Drum Majors – Dress Inspection (Arena 2)
Adjudicator : Timothy Ballantyne
11H00

Grade 4 March Selection (Arena 2)
Ensemble : Robert du Toit
Piping 1 : Andy Dippenaar
Piping 2 : Geoff Irvine
Drum Corps : Richard Dockerill
Bass Section : Lauren Strimer
11H30 Pretoria Highlanders
11H40 De La Salle Combined
11H50 African Skye Grade 4
12H00 Transvaal Scottish Grade 4
12H10 Lyttelton Manor
12H20 SAEC Kempton Park

Grade 4 March Strathspey & Reel (Arena 1)
Ensemble : Ewen Gilchrist
Piping 1 : David Harris
Piping 2 : Struan Young
Drum Corps : Kevi Levin
Bass Section : Chad Naude
11H55 Pretoria Highlanders
12H05 De La Salle Combined
12H15 African Skye Grade 4
12H25 Transvaal Scottish Grade 4
12H35 Lyttelton Manor

Grade 3 March Strathspey & Reel (Arena 1)
Ensemble : Rory Bellingan
Piping 1 : Gordon Delaney
Piping 2 : Geoff Irvine
Drum Corps : Dave Jeffrey
Bass Section : Nicholas Schmidt
12H45 SA Irish
12H55 Sandton Scottish
13H05 Glen Allen

Grade 3 Medley Selection (Arena 1)
Ensemble : Ewen Gilchrist
Piping 1 : Rory Bellingan
Piping 2 : Struan Young
Drum Corps : Kevi Levin
Bass Section : Lynne van den Berg
13H15 SA Irish
13H25 Sandton Scottish
13H35 Glen Allen

Grade 2 March Strathspey & Reel (Arena 1)
Ensemble : Roger Davies
Piping 1 : David Harris
Piping 2 : Geoff Irvine
Drum Corps : Duncan Tee
Bass Section : Donald Graham
13H45 MacChamberlain Richmond Avenue
13H55 African Skye Grade 2
14H05 Benoni MacTalla
14H15 Transvaal Scottish Grade 2

Grade 2 Medley Selection (Arena 1)
Ensemble : Ewen Gilchrist
Piping 1 : Roger Davies
Piping 2 : Craig Herwill
Drum Corps : Kevi Levin
Bass Section : Lynne van den Berg
14H35 MacChamberlain Richmond Avenue
14H45 African Skye Grade 2
14H55 Benoni MacTalla
15H05 Transvaal Scottish Grade 2

Drum Majors Line Abreast – Juvenile
Adjudicator : Anthony Evans
15H15

Drum Majors Line Abreast – Open
Adjudicator : Anthony Evans
15H35

Massed Bands
16H00

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Transvaal Scottish emerge triumphant

The Transvaal Scottish Grade 2 Pipe Band kicked of the 2013 season by winning both the March, Strathspey and Reel and Medley Selection events at the Lyttelton Manor Gathering last Saturday, 13 April.

The full pipe band results for the Lyttelton Manor Gathering can be found here.

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Stephen Creighton to adjudicate at South African Solo Drumming Championships

Stephen Creighton, the current Leading Drummer of the Grade 1 St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band from Dublin, Ireland, shall be adjudicating at the 2012 South African Solo Drumming Championships.

Stephen has 9 Senior All Ireland Solo Drumming titles to his name and has reached the World Solo Drumming Finals for the past 20 years. In the past 5 years, Stephen has achieved 2 World Championship Titles, a British Championship Title, 2 Scottish Championship Titles and 2 European Championship titles.

The 2012 South African Solo Drumming Championships shall take place at St Benedict’s College, in Bedfordview, on Saturday, 29th September. The prospectus and entry forms are available here.

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Benoni MacTalla take first 2012 championship

At the first pipe band championship of the season, the South Coast Highland Gathering, held on Saturday 28th April 2012 at Hutchison Park in Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu Natal, Benoni MacTalla were declared the overall Grade 2 Champions.

The Band had a clean sweep on the day winning both the March, Strathspey and Reel and Medley Selection contests as well as the Drum Corps and Bass Section prizes.

View all the pipe band results here.

In the solo contests on the Sunday, 29th April 2012, Richard Payn, of 1 Medical Battalion A Pipe Band, won the Gold Piobaireachd; Nicholas Taitz, of Sandton Scottish Pipe Band, won the Open Piping March Strathspey and Reel; David Murray, of Benoni MacTalla Pipe Band, won the Open Snare Drumming March, Strathspey and Reel and; Tarryn Mocke, of Benoni Juvenile Pipe Band, won the Open Tenor Drumming March, Strathspey and Reel.

View all the solo piping and drumming results here.

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100 Guineas up for grabs this Saturday

The 100 Guineas is South Africa’s premier solo piping competition and takes place this Saturday, 31st March, at King Edward VII School in Houghton. Presented by the Scottish Piping Society of the Witwatersrand, this event showcases some of South Africa’s finest piping talent. Scotland based champion piper, John Mulhearn, shall also be competing in this year’s 100 Guineas thus bringing an international flavour to local proceedings.

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Tunes from Troon – The John Mulhearn Recital

John Mulhearn, who is visiting our shores to compete in the 100 Guineas solo piping contest on the 31st March, will be performing a recital for a South African audience for the first time on Friday night, 30th March.

John picked up the practice chanter at the age of nine, receiving initial instruction from his father Brian, a stalwart of the South African piping scene. After a year he started lessons with Angus J. MacLellan at the College of Piping in Glasgow. From this point on, summers were spent touring Scotland playing around the games where he won most of the major junior events – including the MacGregor Memorial at the Argyllshire Gathering, the SPA Amateur and, the Scottish Junior Championship at Carnoustie. At the age of eighteen, John entered the senior ranks being placed third in the Silver Medal at Oban and Inverness, and runner-up in the Dunvegan Medal on Skye.

While studying at Glasgow University, John worked at the College of Piping. Around this time he stopped playing for a few years as other musical interests took over. However, the pipes resurfaced when, in Australia for a year, the chance came up to play and work with the Queensland Police Pipes & Drums under R.S. MacDonald. Since being back in Scotland, John has worked at the National Piping Centre and been competing regularly, winning the MSR event at the Duncan Johnstone Memorial earlier this year.

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Entry Forms available for Lyttelton Manor Gathering

The Lyttelton Manor Gathering, hosted by the Lyttelton Manor Pipe Band, shall take place at Lyttelton Manor High School, Clifton Avenue, Lyttelton, Pretoria on Saturday, 14th April 2012. The prospectus and entry forms can be found here.

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Sandy Mallen Memorial Kicks Off Solo Piping Season

The solo piping contest season kicks off this Saturday, 25th February, at KES at 13h00 with the Sandy Mallen Memorial Solo Piping Competition. The contest is run by the Scottish Piping Society of the Witwatersrand and further information can be found here.

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East London to host 2012 Eastern Cape Highland Gathering

The Eastern Cape Highland Gathering shall take place in East London on the 7th April 2012 at Selborne College. Prospectus and entry forms are available here.

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Of Myth and Legend

Presenting Haggis and Bong’s long awaited and ground-breaking album, Of Myth and Legend.

This album introduces new faces and new sounds, adding more depth and feeling to the music. The line-up that appeared on the band’s debut album (Fire in the Bowl), namely, Angus Nixon (Pipes), Thomas Hughes (Drums) and Dominic Skelton (Pipes), are now joined by Xavier Knox (Bass), Liam O’Flaherty (Pipes), Dave Callaghan (Guitar), completing the bands permanent touring line-up. Perhaps the biggest addition to the sound being the guitar, filling the gap that was missing in the band’s sound previously and allowing the pipes to come forward and drive the band even more.

The album also presents cameo appearances from William Bishop (Trombone) and Martin Eccles (Cello), adding an extra flavour to specific parts of the music.

The album artwork is done by England’s Dan Mumford, who has also done, among many others, artwork for The Black Dahlia Murder and Protest the Hero.

Of Myth and Legend is a statement, an affirmation of the glory of the sound of the pipes. The energy of this group of individuals is evident in the music and the live performance will, without fail, prove to be a truly unforgettable experience.

With such a powerful album, a boosted, charged-up and rearing to go line-up of Celtic Warrior Musicians and a take-no-prisoners type of mentality; Haggis and Bong are ready to take South Africa by storm. The band will cover the whole country over the space of wee bit more than a month, not leaving any stone unturned. From KwaZulu Natal to the Transkei, from Cape Town to Middelburg, the sound will spread like a Celtic Wildfire.

Haggis and Bong has always been considered a brilliant live band and had received some criticism that the debut album didn’t represent the intense energy that the live performance breeds. This is definitely not the case with the new recording and with the boost to the line-up and the increased energy in the music, as well as the good few years of stage experience that this group now has, the shows will never fail to be an electric affair.

The experience and funding that the band will build up from this tour will be used to steer the band overseas later in the year. The time has come to take this unique sound to every corner of the globe and over the next few years this is H&B’s sole mission.

For further information please contact Angus Nixon or visit Facebook, MySpace or, Reverbnation.

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