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January Tune Selections & Rules

Please read All the information below relating to the January ‘Video Submission’ CLASP competition. Attached is the competitor list and judges for all grades and events plus the Grade 2 and Grade 1 selected tunes.

Selected Light Music

Selected Piobaireachd

*Please note there are labelled tabs at the bottom of each excel file for Grades 1, 2 and 3.

All video submission links should be sent to Margaret Dunn by Midnight on Sunday 31st January 2021 mdunn@thepipingcentre.co.uk

Results will be announced on Saturday 6th February at 9pm via the CLASP Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheCLASP
Please note you do not need to have a Facebook account to access the video. However, results will also be posted on the CLASP website following the video announcement.

VIDEO Submissions - Video’s should be submitted separately for Light Music and Piobaireachd events. Light Music recordings should include ALL light music events entered.  The video should not be paused once started and can include tuning, short breaks between events to have a drink of water. Video submissions should be uploaded to You Tube and then competitors should email the link(s) to mdunn@thepipingcentre.co.uk

Video Introduction (Competitors who do not announce themselves at the start of their recordings can not be accepted)
All CLASP competitors should introduce themselves at the start of their video recording and include the following information: Competitors Name/ Grade/Light Music or Piobaireachd event/ Name of Competition and year. For example: My name is John Smith and I will be taking part in the Grade 3 Light Music events for the CLASP January Competition, 2021.  This information should also be included (typed into description box) when uploading your competition recording(s) on You Tube - Please see instructional video on how to upload a video recorded on your smart phone to YouTube https://youtu.be/t-tDxsafFX8

Competition Rules:

  1. PERFORMANCE DRESS
    Highland attire is required
  2. VIDEO Submissions - Videos should be submitted separately for Light Music and Piobaireachd events. Light Music recordings should include ALL light music events entered. Video submissions should be uploaded to You Tube and then competitors should email the link(s) to mdunn@thepipingcentre.co.uk
  3. Each video submission must be made in one complete take (no editing allowed), but use as many attempts as you want. For Light music events, competitors can stop between events to retune or have a drink of water.
  4. Your videos must be recorded within the recording window
  5. All Video submissions must be emailed to CLASP admin by midnight (UK time) on Sunday 31stJanuary 2021.
  6. Your video should show most or all of your body, including your head. Your video must be lighted properly so your face and hands can be clearly seen. Videos with poor lighting or sound may not be accepted.
  7. Competitors are allowed to tune up prior to starting their performance, just as you would in a regular competition setting.

UPLOADING VIDEO ENTRIES
All entries will be video submitted using the free platform, You Tube. CLASP admin will share each competitors’ video submission link with their relevant judge for the adjudication process. Please note CLASP will provide support and clear steps for competitors uploading video submission. Here is a link to uploading a video using a smart phone https://youtu.be/t-tDxsafFX8

 

Gradings for January 2021 Competition

Please note that anyone looking for a CLASP grading before Christmas should email their audio files before 17th December 2020. All audio files should be sent to mdunn@thepipingcentre.co.uk

If you do not get your grading recording emailed in before the 17th December, please note that we will start the grading process again on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

CLASP ‘Video Submission’ Competition Results 2020

 


Overall Winner Grade 3 – Philip Duthie (Pictured Left)
Overall Winner Grade 2 – Cameron O Neill (Centre)
Overall Winner Grade 1 –Giovanni Giulianini (Right)

Piobaireachd Results:

Grade 3 Piobaireachd
1. Robert Cunningham
2. Philip Duthie
3. Colin MacKenzie
4. Martin Lee
5. Kim Greely
6. Andrew Robertson

Grade 2 Piobaireachd
1. Dagmar Pesta
2. Neil Scotland
3. James Carnegie
4. Christian Beutler
5. Cameron O'Neill
6. Hector Thomson

Grade 1 Piobaireachd
1. Giovanni Giulianini
2. Evan Wraga
3. Gill Cairns
4. Blaint Kiss
5. David MacKenzie
6. Robert Wilson

Light Music Results

Grade 3 – 2/4 March
1. Robert Cunningham
2. Kim Greely
3. Anthony Kelly
4. Martin Lee
5. Philip Duthie
6. Kingston Tan

Grade 3 - Strathspey/Reel
1. Kim Greely
2. Martin Lee
3. Robert Cunningham
4. Philip Duthie
5. Anthony Kelly
6. Kingston Tan

Grade 3 – Jig
 1. Phillip Duthie
2. Martin Lee
3 Colin MacKenzie
4 Anthony Kelly
5 Leslie Barrett
6 Rebecca Morris

Grade 2 – 2/4 March
1. Cameron O'Neil
2. Balint Kiss
3. Hans Grothusen
4. Eddie Boland
5. Maggie Jeschofnig
6. James Carnegie

Grade 2 – Strathspey & Reel
1. Eddie Boland
2. Cameron O'Neil
3. Hans Grothusen
4. Christian Buetler
5. Maggie Jeschofnig
6. Alexander MacKay

Grade 2 – Jig
1. Alexander MacKay
2. Kurtis Bryden
3.  Eddie Boland
4. Hans Grothusen
5. Stuart Letford
6. James Carnegie

Grade 1 – 2/4 March
1. Giovanni Giulianini
2. Rebecca Paterson
3. Scott Long
4. Justin Howland
5. Robert Russell
6. Robert Wilson

Grade 1 - Strathsepy and Reel
1. Scott Long
2. Giovanni Giulianini
3. Justin Howland
4. William Wardrope
5. Robert Russell
6. Rebecca Paterson

Grade 1 – Jig
1. Rebecca Paterson
2. Tam McGirr
3. Robert Wilson
4. Mic Trenor
5. Justin Howland
6. Robert Russell

Extra Fun events – (Judged across all grades and events)
Best Dressed Piper –Joe Moore
Best Back Drop – Gill Cairns

 

 

CLASP ‘January Video Submission’ Competition 2021

CLASP can confirm that the first competition of 2021 will take place in the format of a  ‘video submission’ event due to the ongoing pandemic and restrictions currently in place.

'January Video Submission' Competition Timeline:
Closing date for registrations- Sunday 17th January 2021
*Please submit tunes by close of entries (17th January 2021)

Announcement of competitors Selected tunes and video recording Information- 22nd January- This information will be published on the News Section of The CLASP website.

Competitors recording window - 22nd January- 31st January

Deadline for competitors YouTube video links - 31st January 2021

Result announcement- Saturday 9pm (UK time) via video link on the CLASP Facebook Page and results will also be publish on the News section of The CLASP website.

COMPETITION EVENTS: (£7.50 per event entered)
Grade 3
Piobaireachd (Own Choice)
2/4 March (Own Choice)
Stathspey & Reel (Own Choice)
6/8 March (Own Choice)

Grade 2
Piobaireachd (Submit 2 tunes of choice, one will be selected)
2/4 March (Submit 2 tunes of choice, one will be selected)
Stathspey & Reel (Own Choice)
6/8 March (Own Choice)

Grade 1
Piobaireachd (Submit 3 tunes of choice, one will be selected)
2/4 March (Submit 2 tunes of choice, one will be selected)
Stathspey & Reel (Submit 2 tunes of choice, one will be selected)
6/8 March (Own Choice)

Competition Rules (For CLASP Remote 'Video Submission' Competition)

  1. CLASP membership rules apply fully for any remote CLASP events
  2. CLASP Grading rules apply fully for any remote CLASP events
  3. Competition Events
    CLASP admin will set out the tune requirements via the CLASP website prior to the opening of competition entries and this information will also be displayed on the competition entry form via the members area of the CLASP website.
  4. CLASP members should enter all remote CLASP competitions via the membership section of the CLASP website, within the advertised registration time frame.
  5. VIDEO Submission
    - Competition video submissions should be recorded in the date window outlined by the CLASP
    - All entries will be video submitted using the free platform, You Tube.
    - Videos should be submitted separately for Light Music and Piobaireachd events. Light Music recordings should include ALL light music events entered.
    - Each video submission must be made in one complete take (no editing allowed), but use as many attempts as you want.
    - CLASP competitors should introduce themselves at the start of their video recording and include the following information: Name/ Grade /Light Music or Piobaireachd event/ Name of Competition and year. For example: My name is John Smith and I will be taking part in the Grade 3 Light Music events for the CLASP Competition, 2020. (This information should also be included when uploading your competition recording(s) on You Tube. Please see the video link below, which was recorded by CLASP admin and includes the basic steps to correctly uploading a video privately on YouTube using a smartphone and then emailing the link. https://youtu.be/t-tDxsafFX8
    - For Light music events, competitors can stop between events to re tune or have a drink of water.
    - Competitor's videos should show most or all of the body, including your head. Videos must be lighted properly so your face and hands can be clearly seen. Videos with poor lighting or sound may not be accepted.
    - Competitors are allowed to tune up prior to starting their performance, just as you would in a regular competition setting.
    - Video submissions should be uploaded to You Tube and then competitors should email the video link(s) to mdunn@thepipingcentre.co.uk
    - CLASP recommends that competitors list their uploaded video submission as 'Unlisted'. 'Unlisted' videos allow you to control who can view your video and only those you share the link with can view the video submission.
    - All video submissions must be emailed to CLASP admin by midnight (UK time) on the closing date of video submissions.
    - CLASP admin will share each competitors’ video submission link with their relevant judge for the adjudication process.
  6. Adjudication
    Once the closing date for video submissions passes, competitor’s videos links will be sent to their relevant judge(s) for the adjudication process.
  7. Announcement of Winners
    Winners will be announced in a Facebook video announcement approximately one week following the close of competition video submissions and results will also be posted on the news section of the CLASP website.
  8. Crit sheets will be emailed out to each competitor following the announcement of results. Please allow a few days for this admin process.
  9. Performance Dress
    Highland attire is required.
  10. Performance Rights
    By entering this competition, all performers give CLASP permission to publish their performances in part and/or in full on the digital/social media channels selected for the competition

Tune Selections and Information for ‘Video Submission’ Competition

Please read All the information below relating to the ‘Video Submission’ CLASP competition. Attached is the competitor list for all grades and events plus the Grade 2 and Grade 1 selected tunes. Please note I have not filled in any own choice tunes.

Selected Tunes - PIOBAIREACHD

Selected Tunes-Light Music

Please note there are 3 labelled tabs at the bottom of each 'Selected Tunes' excel file for Grades 1, 2 and 3.

All video submission links should be sent to Margaret Dunn by Midnight on Sunday 1st November mdunn@thepipingcentre.co.uk

Results will be announced on Saturday 7th November at 9pm via the CLASP Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheCLASP
Please note you do not need to have a Facebook account to access the video. However, results will also be posted on the CLASP website following the video announcement.

VIDEO Submissions - Video’s should be submitted separately for Light Music and Piobaireachd events. Light Music recordings should include ALL light music events entered.  Video submissions should be uploaded to You Tube and then competitors should email the link(s) to mdunn@thepipingcentre.co.uk

Video Introduction
All CLASP competitors should introduce themselves at the start of their video recording and include the following information: Competitors Name/ Grade/Light Music or Piobaireachd event/ Name of Competition and year. For example: My name is John Smith and I will be taking part in the Grade 3 Light Music events for the CLASP Competition, 2020.  This information should also be included (typed into description box) when uploading your competition recording(s) on You Tube - Please see instructional video on how to upload a video recorded on your smart phone to YouTube https://youtu.be/t-tDxsafFX8

Competition Rules:

  1. PERFORMANCE DRESS
    Highland attire is required.
  2. VIDEO Submissions - Videos should be submitted separately for Light Music and Piobaireachd events. Light Music recordings should include ALL light music events entered. Video submissions should be uploaded to You Tube and then competitors should email the link(s) to mdunn@thepipingcentre.co.uk
  3. Each video submission must be made in one complete take (no editing allowed), but use as many attempts as you want. For Light music events, competitors can stop between events to retune or have a drink of water.
  4. Your videos must not be recorded before Sunday 25thOctober, 2020
  5. All Video submissions must be emailed to CLASP admin by midnight (UK time) on Sunday 1stNovember 2020.
  6. Your video should show most or all of your body, including your head. Your video must be lighted properly so your face and hands can be clearly seen. Videos with poor lighting or sound may not be accepted.
  7. Competitors are allowed to tune up prior to starting their performance, just as you would in a regular competition setting.

UPLOADING VIDEO ENTRIES
All entries will be video submitted using the free platform, You Tube. CLASP admin will share each competitors’ video submission link with their relevant judge for the adjudication process. Please note CLASP will provide support and clear steps for competitors uploading video submission. Here is a link to uploading a video using a smart phone https://youtu.be/t-tDxsafFX8

PERFORMANCE RIGHTS
By entering this competition, all performers give CLASP permission to publish their performance(s) in part and/or in full on the digital/social media channels selected for the competition.

 

‘Video Submission Competition’ Important Dates

Entries will close at Midnight on Sunday 18th October 2020.
Please send all tune submissions to both Margaret Dunn & Finlay Johnston by Midnight on Sunday 18th October.

Competitors' tunes will be selected by the judges and posted on the news section of the CLASP website on Saturday 24th October along with the introduction required by each competitor at the start of each video submission (Please note, an introduction at the start of the video recording is only required.  (Introduction between Light Music events is unnecessary).

All video submission links should be sent to Margaret Dunn by Midnight on Sunday 1st November.

Results will be announced on Saturday 7th November at 9pm via the CLASP Facebook page.

Enrolment Closing Date for CLASP Workshop Weekend

Registrations close at midnight on Wednesday 23rd September. To book a place on this course please follow the link to the booking form: https://theclasp.co.uk/workshops/workshop-registration/

Course Information

The CLASP online workshop weekend runs on the 2nd and 3rd October and is open to adult amateur solo pipers worldwide and workshop participants are not required to be a CLASP member.

Instructors 
Willie McCallum, John  Mulhearn, Finlay Johnston & Margaret Dunn

Course Content
This two day workshop series is specially tailored for competition amateur solo pipers and over the two days will offer the following:
2 Individual lessons
2 smaller group Piobaireachd sessions
2 Light Music Workshops
1 Sound Production Workshop
2 different level Technique Workshops for both Light Music and Piobaireachd

Q & A with Teaching Staff

Extra Information 
This years CLASP workshops will run remotely using the platform Zoom. Zoom is a free download platform, which can be used for both individual sessions and group sessions. CLASP will run this workshop series for UK/European based pipes and there will also be a later start time for pipers who live outside the UK time zones, such as North America, (4pm Uk time)
Please note that this workshop is for adult pipers (18+) only. The course cost is £130.

CLASP Online Video Submission Competition, 2020

CLASP Online Video Submission Competition, 2020
Sunday 25th October to Sunday 1st November 2020

Competition Registration - Opens Monday 17th August 2020 and closes Sunday 18th October2020

Video Submission dates - Sunday 25th October to Sunday 1st November 2020

Adjudication dates – Monday 2nd November – Friday 6th November 2020

Results Announced– Saturday 7th November 2020 at 9pm via video link
on CLASP Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/TheCLASP

CLASP are delighted to add another online event to the remote competition series, which was put in place at the beginning of lockdown. Unfortunately, with continuing restrictions it becomes very challenging to plan for anything other than a remote format at this time.  Therefore, CLASP are offering a final online CLASP competition for 2020, but using a different format to the previous ‘live’ audio competitions. This competition will use a pre-recorded video submission as the mode in which events will be judged.

Competition Overview
Competitors must be CLASP members and must register to compete in this competition via the members section of the CLASP website between Monday 17th August 2020 and Sunday 18th October 2020.
Competitors will receive their selected tunes prior to the video submission date and each competitor’s competition submission must be in the format of a pre-recorded video for both Light Music and Piobaireachd events. Video recordings should be submitted between Sunday 25th October and Sunday 1st November 2020.  Results will be announced on Saturday 7th November.
For full competition information/Events and competition rules, please see below.

Competition Information:
This competition is open to adult amateur pipers worldwide (18 years old +) graded 3, 2 or 1. Non graded pipers can submit a recording(s) to obtain a grade. Here is a link to CLASP grading information for those who require a grade https://theclasp.co.uk/grading/

Competitors must be current CLASP members. Membership at this time is £20 and £7.50 per event. More information can be found on CLASP membership via https://theclasp.co.uk/rules-sanctioning/ Here is a direct link to join CLASP https://theclasp.co.uk/membership/

CLASP members should enter this competition via the membership section of the CLASP website.

VIDEO Submissions -
Video’s should be submitted separately for Light Music and Piobaireachd events. Light Music recordings should include ALL light music events entered.  Video submissions should be uploaded to You Tube and then competitors should email the link(s) to both mdunn@thepipingcentre.co.uk and fjohnston@thepipingcentre.co.uk

Please see the video link below, which was recorded by CLASP admin and includes the basic steps to uploading a video privately on You Tube using a smartphone and then emailing the link.  https://youtu.be/t-tDxsafFX8
Please be advised that CLASP will provide any technical support and help for members that may need assistance with this process.

All CLASP competitors should introduce themselves at the start of their video recording and include the following information: Competitors Name/ Grade/Light Music or Piobaireachd event/ Name of Competition and year. For example: My name is John Smith and I will be taking part in the Grade 3 Light Music events for the CLASP Competition, 2020.  This information should also be included (typed into description box) when uploading your competition recording(s) on You Tube -  Please see instructional video https://youtu.be/t-tDxsafFX8

Once the submission date passes, competitor’s videos will be sent to their relevant judge(s) on Monday 2nd November 2020 and competition results will be announced via the CLASP Facebook page using a video link on Saturday 7th November at 9pm (UK time).  Please note that the results will also be published on the news section of the CLASP website following the video results being announced.

COMPETITION DATES

Competition Registration opens via the CLASP membership section of the CLASP website on Monday 17th August 2020 and closes Sunday 18th October2020

Competitors in grade 2 and grade 1 will be required to email CLASP admin (mdunn@thepipingcentre.co.uk & fjohnston@thepipingcentre.co.uk ) their tune submissions via email following entry to this competition. Tune selections along with a competitor list will be published on Saturday 24th October 2020 via the CLASP website https://theclasp.co.uk/news/

Video Submission dates
(via You tube link) should be emailed to CLASP admin between Sunday 25th October to Sunday 1st November 2020

Adjudication dates – Adjudication will commence on Monday 2nd November and will end on Friday 6th November 2020.

Results – Prize winners will be announced using a Facebook video announcement on Saturday 7th November 2020, at 9pm. https://www.facebook.com/TheCLASP


ADJUDICATORS

Performances in each event will be evaluated by one judge. CLASP prides itself of selecting the best quality pipers and judges.

Crit sheets will be emailed out to each competitor following the announcement of results

Competition events offered are as follows:

Grade 3 (OWN CHOICE)
Full Piobaireachd Event
2/4 March Event
Strathspey & Reel Event
Jig Event

Grade 2
Piobaireachd Event (Submit 2 tunes of choice, play 1)
2/4 March Event (Submit 2 tunes of choice, play 1)
Strathspey & Reel Event (own choice)
Jig Event (own choice)

Grade 1 (OWN CHOICE)
Piobaireachd event (Submit 3 tunes of choice, play 1)
2/4 March event (Submit 2 tunes of choice, play 1)
Strathspey & Reel Event (Submit 2 tunes of choice, play 1)
Jig Event (own choice)

Added extras (for fun)
Best Backdrop (Winner will be selected across all events and grades)
Best Dressed Piper (Winner will be selected across all events and grades)

Competition Rules:

  1. PERFORMANCE DRESS
    Highland attire is required.
  2. VIDEO Submissions - Videos should be submitted separately for Light Music and Piobaireachd events. Light Music recordings should include ALL light music events entered. Video submissions should be uploaded to You Tube and then competitors should email the link(s) to both mdunn@thepipingcentre.co.uk and fjohnston@thepipingcentre.co.uk
  3. Each video submission must be made in one complete take (no editing allowed), but use as many attempts as you want. For Light music events, competitors can stop between events to retune or have a drink of water.
  4. Your videos must not be recorded before Sunday 25th October, 2020
  5. All Video submissions must be emailed to CLASP admin by midnight (UK time) on Sunday 1st November 2020.
  6. Your video should show most or all of your body, including your head. Your video must be lighted properly so your face and hands can be clearly seen. Videos with poor lighting or sound may not be accepted.
  7. Competitors are allowed to tune up prior to starting their performance, just as you would in a regular competition setting.

 

  1. UPLOADING VIDEO ENTRIES

All entries will be video submitted using the free platform, You Tube. CLASP admin will share each competitors’ video submission link with their relevant judge for the adjudication process. Please note CLASP will provide support and clear steps for competitors uploading video submission. Here is a link to uploading a video using a smart phone https://youtu.be/t-tDxsafFX8

  1. PERFORMANCE RIGHTS

By entering this competition, all performers give CLASP permission to publish their performance(s) in part and/or in full on the digital/social media channels selected for the competition.

 

CLASP ‘Online Amateur Solo Piping Workshop’ Registrations Now Open!

Aims of the workshop weekend are:

  • To create a relaxed learning environment for adult amateur pipers and enthusiastic pipers with an interest in competition solo piping
  • Introduce/refine new Piobaireachd set tunes
  • Deliver Masterclasses on Light Music
  • Improve Tuning
  • Improve Technique
  • Focus on Performance Presentation and Preparation
  • Introduce other interesting and relevant topics

The CLASP online workshop weekend is open to adult amateur solo pipers worldwide and workshop participants are not required to be a CLASP member.
This years CLASP workshops will run remotely using the platform Zoom. Zoom is a free download platform, which can be used for both individual sessions and group sessions.CLASP will run this workshop series for UK/European based pipes and there will also be a later start time for pipers who live outside the UK time zones, such as North America.  This workshop series is specially tailored for competition amateur solo pipers and will offer individual tuition, small group tuition and workshops focusing on improving the key aspects of solo competition performance. Please note that this workshop is for adult pipers only.

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