Published: September 30, 2000

Worrall To Judge Bratach Gorm

Bob Worrall of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, will be a judge on the bench at the Bratach Gorm piobaireachd competition in London, England, this November.

It is believed that Worrall thus becomes the first North American to sit on the bench of a senior competition at a major event in the United Kingdom. He was added as an approved adjudicator by the Piobaireachd Society this year.

The Bratach Gorm – Gaelic for “Blue Banner” – is one of the piping world’s most coveted piobaireachd prizes. It is generally seen as the first major event of a new season, and is the first official qualifying contest for the annual Glenfiddich Invitational held each October at Blair Atholl Castle in Scotland. The competition is reserved for winners of the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medals at Oban and Inverness and/or the Open Piobaireachd at London.

“This is a major breakthrough in making these important piping events truly international,” said one professional competitor. “The Piobaireachd Society is making great strides towards taking a more global perspective.”

The Bratach Gorm will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2000, in downtown London, along with a full slate of other senior piping events.

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