pipes|drums’ 2011 New Year’s Honours
It’s a whole New Year now, and that means that there’s a whole year past, so pipes|drums Magazine, as is our tradition, presents our annual pipes|drums New Year’s Honours awards!
This year we asked a panel of 30 expert and informed pipers and drummers around the world for their votes across several categories for the people, bands and products that made the most news, the biggest impact and the best contributions in the piping and drumming world in 2011. (The editor of pipes|drums was not a panelist.)
Nominations were based on those people, bands, recordings and products that we felt made the most news, the biggest impact and the best contributions in the piping and drumming world in 2011.
Once again, there are two Piper of the Year categories: one for Solo Competition Piper of the Year, the other for all-round Piper of the Year, taking into consideration of course their work with bands, teaching, festivals and other elements. For the first time, we have included an “Event of the Year” award, allowing us to choose a concert, competition or festival that stood apart from all others.
Voting was by an electronic survey that allowed panelists to make comments if they wished. Panelists again remain anonymous – Why? Because this approach allows them to choose and comment freely, without the possibility of being swayed or challenged by nominees.
Interestingly, every nominee in each category received at least one vote and, in each category, panelists could make only one selection.
And, now, the winners . . .