March 31, 2008

Aylesbury Fiddle Rally stages composing competition open to pipers

The fiddle and accordion society, Chiltern Traditional Music & Dance, has announced a tune-composition contest open to Scottish fiddlers and Highland pipers alike with a total prize purse of £350, including £200 for the winning composer.The tune will commemorate the move of the 20-year-old Aylesbury Fiddle Rally’s move from Aylesbury Civic Centre’s Maxwell Hall in the south of England to the Wycombe Swan Theatre, High Wycombe, England, on January 18, 2009. The winning entry will be renamed “Farewell to The Maxwell Hall, Aylesbury.”Closing date for the competition is June 30, 2008, and entries may be in any rhythm or key but should not have been previously published, and must be in “a traditional Scottish style” suitable for the fiddle, accordion or Highland bagpipe. The winning tune will be played by the fiddle orchestra at the 2009 Chiltern Fiddle Rally. The composer may enter only one composition and may name the composition whatever they want, but are encouraged to make reference to Aylesbury or the Aylesbury Fiddle Rally.Further details on the contest can be obtained from the organizers.p|dWhat do you think? We always want to hear from our readers, so please use our comments system to provide your thoughts!Do you have news? Be sure to send your information to pipes|drums. We can’t report what we don’t know about! Please remember to support the businesses that advertise and make the not-for-profit p|d possible.


  1. I am posting this reply on behalf of Ian Robertson, who runs the event. No doubt Gordon Walker could provide the definitive answer to the question! To my knowledge there is no link with the tune. The Aylesbury Fiddle Rally was set up by my father



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