Frater sails through RSPS contest

Published: April 28, 2013
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Edinburgh – April 27, 2013 – John Frater was the overall winner of the annual Royal Scottish Pipers Society Competition held at the organization’s rooms on Rose Street Lane South in the heart of Edinburgh. The event is reserved for RSPS members, all of whom do not usually compete and never for prize-money.

Piobaireachd
1st John Frater, “The Black Wedder’s White Tail”
2nd Colin MacNeill, “Beloved Scotland”
3rd Iain MacLeod, “The Raising of the Standard at Glenfinnan”

March, Strathspey & Reel
1st Andrew Frater
2nd Colin MacNeill
3rd Alan Forbes

Jig
1st John Frater
2nd Alan Forbes
3rd Andrew Frater

6/8 March
1st Alan Forbes
2nd Ian MacDonald
3rd Gordon Hislop

Colin MacLellan and Bruce Hitchings judged all of the events.

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