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Chatsworth Country Fair 2020 Cancelled

The Chatsworth Country Fair CLASP competition has been cancelled for 2020 due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

CLASP hopes to be apart of this wonderful event in 2021

Online Competition Draw and Important information – 20th June 2020

Attached is the order of play and performance times for each competitor for both Light Music and Piobaireachd events. Please note there are two tabs at the bottom of the file (One for Piobaireachd order of play and the other for Light Music order of play).

Click on the link below to view both Piobaireachd & Light music order of play
clasp Website 20 June

If you are using Skype, as your mode of live video connection, please check prior to the competition day that you have been added by your designated ‘Live Video Steward’ and that you accept the contact request.

Listed on each event will be the judge and a designated ‘Live Video steward’ who will contact you via live video call at each competitors allocated performance time. After connection has been made, the steward will ask each competitor to start their audio devise and the steward will then announce each competitor at the start of the audio recording. Here are some guidelines to follow with regards to the audio recording, which will be used to judge each event.

The following points will be outlined to each competitor when live video connection is made:

* If using your smart phone as audio recording devise- please place it on flight mode.

* Competitors can tune before their performance / or between Light Music events, but we ask that competitors keep tuning to a minimum.

* Please do not stop your audio recording prior to completing all performance events. For example do not stop recording between your March and your Strathspey and Reel or Jig events.  However, you can retune/ have a drink of water between Light Music events - just don’t stop the recording.

* If for any reason the live video link disconnects after the steward has made the introduction at the start of the audio recording- keep going- it does not matter if any disconnection happens after the introduction has happened at the start of the audio recording and the steward will not try to reconnect with you (as you should be in the middle of a performance!)

* Once each competitor has finished their performance please send the audio recordings, immediately (On 20th June), to both mdunn@thepipingcentre.co.uk and fjohnston@thepipingcentre.co.uk

Results
CLASP will announce full competition results via video link on the CLASP website News Section and the CLASP Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheCLASP/ at 8pm (UK time) on Sunday 21st June 2020.
Please note Overall league winners for 2019/2020 will not be announced at this time.

Good luck to all!

 

Online Competitions – Information

CLASP - End of Season Online Competition (20th June):

Entry closing date: 12-06-2020

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Pipers worldwide who are graded 1, 2 or 3 and are aged 18 years and above. On the competition day (20th June) members will be contacted via a live video link (using any of the following platforms: Skype, Zoom Whatsapp, Facetime) and at that time, CLASP admin will asked each competitor to switch on an audio device to record their performance during the live video call. A smart phone or recording device can be used and should be emailed to CLASP admin on the same day (20th June 2020). Every live audio recording will include an introduction by CLASP admin of each player before they start performing and will be used to judge each event. The online competition will take place on Saturday 20th June 2020 and the audio files will be emailed to the judge(s). The audio files will be judged on Sunday 21st June and results will be announced on Sunday evening 21st June (UK time TBC) Please note, we will facilitate different time zones where we can.

NOTE: CLASP Set tunes can be used but are not a requirement for this competition.

Events will be as follows:
Grade 1:
Piobaireachd (Submit 3 own choice, play 1)
2/4 March (Submit 2, play 1)
Strathspey and Reel (Submit 2 tunes of each, play 1)
Jig (Own Choice)
Grade 2:
Piobaireachd (Submit 2 own choice, play 1)
2/4 March (Submit 2, play 1)
Strathspey and Reel (Own choice)
Jig (Own choice)
Grade 3:
Full Piobaireachd (Own Choice)
Piobaireachd Ground (Own Choice) No league table points award for this event
2/4 March (Own Choice)
Strathspey and Reel (Own Choice)
Jig (Own Choice)

 

CLASP World Solo Amateur Piping Competition at Piping Live! (8th August):

Entry closing date: 29-07-2020

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CLASP is delighted to announce the annual 'World Solo Amateur Piping Competition' at Piping Live! will go ahead, but as a remote event.
This event is open to amateur pipers worldwide who are graded 1, 2 or 3 and are aged 18 years and above. On the competition day (8th August) members will be contacted via a live video link (using any of the following platforms: Skype, Zoom Whatsapp, Facetime) and at that time, CLASP admin will asked each competitor to switch on an audio device to record their performance during the live video call. A smart phone or recording device can be used and should be emailed to CLASP admin on the same day (8th August 2020). Every live audio recording will include an introduction by CLASP admin of each player before they start performing and will be used to judge each event. The online competition will take place on Saturday 8th August. 2020 and the audio files will be emailed to the judge(s). The audio files will be judged on Sunday 9th August and results will be announced on Sunday evening 9th August (UK time TBC) Please note, we will facilitate different time zones where we can.

NOTE: CLASP Set tunes can be used but are not a requirement for this competition.

Events will be as follows:
Grade 1:
Piobaireachd (Submit 3 own choice, play 1)
2/4 March/ Strathspey and Reel (Submit 2 tunes of each, play 1)
Hornpipe & Jig (Own Choice)
Grade 2:
Piobaireachd (Submit 2 own choice, play 1)
2/4 March (Submit 2 own choice, play 1)
Strathspey and Reel (Own Choice)
Jig (Own Choice)
Grade 3:
Full Piobaireachd (Own Choice)
Piobaireachd Ground (Own Choice) No league table points award for this event
2/4 March (Own Choice)
Strathspey and Reel (Own Choice)
Jig (Own Choice)

CLASP online competition dates announced for June & August 2020

CLASP is delighted to announce that entries are now open for two new online competitions in June and August 2020. Both competitions are open to adult amateur pipers worldwide graded 3, 2 or 1.

On June 20th, 2020, CLASP will run the 'CLASP End of Season' remote competition and this will mark the last competition of CLASP 2019/2020 season.

The second competition we would like to announce is the annual 'World Solo Amateur Piping Competition' at Piping Live! which will run on Saturday 8th August 2020, but as a remote event. Traditionally, this competition marks the start of each CLASP season and we are delighted that we can continue that tradition in the current situation we find ourselves in.

Both of these competitions are open to adult amateur pipers worldwide who are graded 1, 2 or 3 and are aged 18 years and above. For anyone who is not graded and requires a grading, please email mdunn@thepipingcentre.co.uk and fjohnston@thepipingcentre.co.uk for a grading.

Both remote competitions will run using the same format as the remote March CLASP event. An order of play, with allocated live performance times, will be published a few days prior to the competition day and CLASP admin will connect with each competitor  via live video link at their allocated time, using any of the following platforms: Skype, Zoom Whatsapp, Facetime.  Once a live video connection is made with the competitor, CLASP admin will asked each competitor to switch on an audio device to record their performance during the live video call. A smart phone or recording device can be used with the capacity to be emailed to CLASP admin on the same day. Every live audio recording will include an introduction by CLASP admin of each player before they start performing and will be used to judge each event. The audio files will be emailed to the judge(s) and  judged on the Sunday (day after each competition date) and results will be announced on Sunday evening (UK time TBC) Please note, we will facilitate different time zones where we can.

Events will include both Piobaireachd and Light Music categories.

For more information, please email mdunn@thepipingcentre.co.uk and fjohnston@thepipingcentre.co.uk

Piobaireachd Transitions and the Crunluath amach

Connor Sinclair - Piobaireachd Transitions and Crunluath amach movement

How we transition through a Piobaireachd and its many variations is often something that is overlooked. However, well thought out transitions is key to a well presented Piobaireachd where tempos can be correctly and appropriately set and controlled. Today we have our second Piobaireachd instalment from Connor Sinclair. Connor talks about Piobaireachd transitions using the Massacre of Glencoe and he also looks at the Crunluath amach movement, which is featured in this tune. Hope you enjoy the video and stay safe!

Publiée par The CLASP sur Mercredi 29 avril 2020

Useful Piobaireachd video links- April 2020

When CLASP was first set up by the National Piping Centre, one of the aims set out was to raise the standard and profile of amateur piping.

With this in mind, and the current situation we all find ourselves in, CLASP have enlisted the help of some of our instructors to give some ideas/words of wisdom on Piobaireachd in general and also focusing on some of the upcoming set tune lists, which will come into effect at the end of the year. Our first video instalment comes from Gold Medallist, Wilson Brown. The tune Wilson has chosen to talk about is from Set List 1 and is called 'Flame of Wrath for Patrick Caogach' (Book 5 Piobaireachd Society and Kilberry book). I hope you enjoy the video and please stay tuned for some more videos over the coming days/weeks. Stay safe all

Flame of Wrath- Wilson Brown - April 2020

When CLASP was first set up by the National Piping Centre, one of the aims set out was to raise the standard and profile of amateur piping. With this in mind, and the current situation we all find ourselves in, CLASP has enlisted the help of some of our instructors to give some ideas/words of wisdom on Piobaireachd in general and also focusing on some of the upcoming set tune lists, which will come into effect at the end of the year. Our first video instalment comes from Gold Medallist, Wilson Brown. The tune Wilson has chosen to talk about is from Set List 1 and is called 'Flame of Wrath for Patrick Caogach' (Book 5 Piobaireachd Society and Kilberry book). I hope you enjoy the video and please stay tuned for some more videos over the coming days/weeks. Stay safe all!

Publiée par The CLASP sur Vendredi 17 avril 2020

Here is a link to the CLASP facebook page to view the video. 

CLASP Membership update – April 2020

The National Piping Centre is closed until further notice and therefore CLASP memberships will not be taken at this time.
We would ask current members to continue to visit the CLASP website for any changes to future competition dates and any new information updates.

CLASP has decided to suspend the upcoming Army School of Piping Competition, scheduled for June 6th 2020, until a later date in the year when it is safe to do so.

Take care everyone and stay safe!

CLASP Remote Competition Results- 28th March

Congratulations to everyone who took part yesterday in CLASP's first remote competition!  A big thank you again to Wilson, Dan and Alastair who spent today judging the audio files and typing up crit sheets, which I hope you can take away some good feedback from.  Take care everyone and
here are the results:

Full Results and Overall Winners of each grade: 

Grade 3 - Piobaireachd Ground
1st John Hunt
2nd Joe Moore
3rd Sven Vollberg

Grade 3 Full Piobaireachd 
1st John Hunt
2nd Sven Vollberg
3rd Stephen McCusker
4th Philip Duthie
5th Joe Moore
6th Cameron O'Neill

Grade 2 - Piobaireachd
1st Giovanni Giulianini
2nd Evan Wraga
3rd Ben Hall
4th Bill Copland
5th Dagmar Pesta
6th Dugald MacLeod

Grade 1 - Piobaireachd
1st Robert Wilson
2nd David MacKenzie
3rd Stuart Robinson
4th Stewart Allan
5th Con Houlihan
6th Aaron Malcomb


Grade 3 - Light Music Events:
2/4 March
1st Cameron O' Neill
2nd Sven Vollberg
3rd Hector Thomson
4th Mark MacRae
5th Leslie Barrett
6th Neil Scotland

Strathspey & Reel
1st Cameron O' Neill
2nd Sven Vollberg
3rd Mark MacRae
4th Leslie Barrett
5th Neil Scotland
6th Hector Thomson

6/8 March
1st Cameron O' Neill
2nd Mark MacRae
3rd Sven Vollberg
4th Neil Scotland
5th Leslie Barrett
6th Hector Thomson

Grade 2 - Light Music Events:
2/4 March
1st Giovanni Giulianini
2nd David Livingstone
3rd Ben Hall
4th Tom Broderick
5th Bill Copland
6th James Carnegie

Strathspay & Reel
1st Giovanni Giulianini
2nd David Livingstone
3rd Ben Hall
4th Bill Copland
5th James Carnegie
6th Dagmar Pesta

6/8 March 
1st Giovanni Giulianini
2nd David Livingstone
3rd Bill Copland
4th James Carnegie
5th Ben Hall
6th Dagmar Pesta

Grade 1 - Light Music Events:
2/4 March
1st Neil Henderson
2nd Robert Wilson
3rd William Wardrope
4th Con Houlihan
5th Stewart Allan
6th James Waugh

Strathspey & Reel
1st William Wardrope
2nd Neil Henderson
3rd James Thomas Murray
4th Con Houlihan
5th Janette Greenwood
6th David MacKenzie

6/8 March
1st Neil Henderson
2nd Con Houlihan
3rd James Thomas Murray
4th William Wardrope
5th Robert Wilson
6th Aaron Malcomb


Overall Winners:
Grade 3 - Sven Vollberg (Piobaireachd Preference)
Grade 2- Giovanni Giulianini
Grade 1 - Con Houlihan

 

Points outlined at start of live video call- 28th March 2020

The following points will be outlined to each competitor when live video connection is made:
* If using your smart phone as audio recording devise- please place it on flight mode.
* Competitors can tune before performance / or between Light Music events, but we ask that competitors keep tuning to a minimum.
* Please do not stop your audio recording prior to completing all performance events. Eg. do not stop recording between your March and your Strathspey and Reel Or 6/8 March.  However, you can retune/ have a drink of water between Light Music events - just don’t stop the recording.
* If the live video link disconnects after CLASP admin has made the introduction at start of audio recording- keep going- it does not matter if any disconnection happens after the introduction has happened at the start of the audio recording.
* Competitors should send Audio recordings, on same day, to the following 3 people:
dnevans@thepipingcentre.co.uk, wbrown@thepipingcentre.co.uk, mdunn@thepipingcentre.co.uk