New CLASP contests to run at the home of the Clasp
Scotland’s Competition League for Amateur Solo Pipers (CLASP) has announced that it has expanded once again with the Northern Meeting Piping Competitions planning to hold new amateur events at the September 2007 gathering in Aviemore, Scotland.
The CLASP contests at the Northern Meeting will be for adult amateur pipers, and graded as per the League’s system. The events will not be an official part of the Northern Meeting, but will operate during the established competitions, which are considered by most to be the World’s pre-eminent solo piping event.
“The Northern Meeting piping competitions welcome the creation of this new competition for amateurs, which will undoubtedly further the cause of piping in Scotland and throughout the world,” the Northern Meeting said in an exclusive statement to pipes|drums.
CLASP also revealed that it has struck a sponsorship deal for 2007 with R.G. Hardie & Co. bagpipe makers of Glasgow. Details of the sponsorship were not revealed.
Before CLASP was introduced by the National Piping Centre in 2005, Scotland’s solo piping system did not cater to amateur players older than 18. Previously in the United Kingdom pipers had to compete either in “junior” or “senior” events.
In addition to Scottish events, CLASP competitions will be held in England, the Republic of Ireland, the United States and Italy in 2007.
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