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Bagpipe competition a dying wish

 

A fantastic evening’s entertainment is promised for those interested in highland pipes or music in general.

Helen McGregor's dying wish back in 2003 was that a special piping competition be established to enable top class pipers to compete in a special event where they could be as creative and innovative as they wished. It was her idea that they be able to ‘flair their fingers’ and enjoy the unique experience of playing the bagpipes to their own tune.

The Helen McGregor Memorial Trophy was born. Each entrant plays their own piece for eight minutes, tring for a first prize of $300, a second of $200 and third prize of $100.

Helen was not a piper but played a French horn and tenor horn in the Whangarei Brass Band and Tenor Drum in both the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band Scotland and the Whangarei Pipe Band. Even though she didn't play the pipes she had a strong love and passion for the instrument and especially those players who wished to exceed the boundaries.

The Helen McGregor Memorial Trophy, December 31, start 7pm, tickets $10 at the door of the Celtic Barn, Waipu. Head off to your own New Years Eve celebrations afterwards.

 
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