Changes to the London Competition announced

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This year’s London Competition will be held in The Caledonian Club in Halkin Street, London, a spokesman for organisers, the Scottish Piping Society of London (SPSL), said today.

In addition, the prestigious Bratach Gorm event will take place on the evening of Friday, November 1 rather than on the Saturday as has usually been the case.

A spokesman for the SPSL said: “The committee has been making step changes over the last three years to develop our annual competition. A significant component of this has been identifying a venue which better meets the needs of the Scottish Piping Society of London and importantly our event competitors. Securing such a venue in central London is not without its challenges. 29 locations were assessed for suitability as part of our selection process, and as a committee we have engaged with a range of competitor, adjudicator and sponsor feedback from previous years in exploring developments to our annual event.

The Caledonian Club, London.
The Caledonian Club, London.

“After careful consideration and scrutiny, we consider The Caledonian Club to have the combination of attributes for a successful competition of this nature; atmosphere, pedigree, number of rooms, accommodation and accessibility being just a few.”

It is hoped an online entry form and competition criteria will be available on September 1.

Glenn Brown won the 2018 Bratach Gorm.

The Caledonian Club is a plush private members club founded in 1891 by the Marquis of Tullibardine as the representative national club and headquarters for Scots in London.

It is situated in Belgravia, adjacent to Hyde Park Corner. Victoria railway station is a short walk away.

The 80th London Competition takes place on November 1-2.