Helen McGregor Memorial Night Piping Competition
Celtic Barn Waipu Main Street
New Year’s Eve 7.00pm
The Helen McGregor Memorial Competition is a very special night indeed…
Held in conjunction with the Waipu Highland Games when pipers from all over New Zealand and off shore come together, it is an opportunity for the crème de la crème to strut their stuff in front of their peers and the wider public.
The late Helen McGregor asked that she be remembered in a special event where pipers the world over could have the chance to “flair their fingers” and be free of the constraints of normal piping. She wanted pipers to be creative and innovative and even write their own pieces.
Each entrant plays his or her own construct for 8 minutes.
They compete for a first prize of $300, a second of $200 and third prize of $100.
Bain met his wife Helen at Blair Atholl Castle in Scotland. He was the piper in residence for the 10th Duke of Atholl and Helen was a tour guide as she spoke fluent French and German.
Helen was not a piper but played a French Horn and tenor horn in the Whangarei Brass Band . Even though she didn’t play the pipes she had a strong passion for the instrument and especially for those players who wished to exceed the boundaries and experiment with their style.
The event in her name and memory is a wonderful opportunity for piping fans to listen to piping at its best. To hear what can be done with the Highland Bagpipes and to listen to a top level of musical prowess. This year the prizes will be presented by Helen and Bain’s oldest daughter Briar McGregor.
Starting at 7.00pm on New Year’s Eve it still gives time for those wanting to party, to move on afterwards. Held for the first time in the supper room of the new Celtic Barn with amazing acoustics, it is an evening not to be missed. Tickets for $10 are available at the door.