Robertson sweeps firsts at Wellington Pipers Club competition

Published: June 30, 2012
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Wellington – June 9, 2012 - The Wellington Pipers Club held its 60th annual piping competitions, the Brown Cup and Everest Piobaireachd, at the Royal New Zealand Police College, and Iain Robertson took both events, which were judged by Hanning and Iain Hines.

Everest Piobaireachd
1st Iain Robertson, Palmerston North, New Zealand, “The End of the Great Bridge”
2nd Stuart Easton, Palmerston North, “Lament for Captain MacDougall”
3rd Marion Horsburgh, Wellington, “Colin Roy McKenzie’s Lament”
4th Andrew Edwards, Paraparaumu, New Zealand, “Too Long In This Condition”

Brown Cup  (march, strathspey, reel, hornpipe, jig)
1st Iain Robertson, “John MacColl’s March to Kilbowie Cottage,” “Cameronian Rant,” “Smith of Chilliechassie,” “Jimmy Blue,” “The Rakes of Kildare”
2nd Marion Horsburgh
3rd Stuart Easton
4th Stewart McKenzie, Wellington

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TIP OF THE DAY
Pipers should avoid memorizing their music until the tune can be played from start to finish, fluidly, without error and at full speed. Once you memorize your music, it will become your reference every time you play. If your memory of the music has flaws in it, through repetition, you will permanently cement these flaws in your playing. Memorization is similar to the wood stain that would be added when building a bookcase – it would be the final touch to a finished product.
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