The piping and chanter competitions of the Ayrshire Music Festival take place on Saturday, March 9, at St Matthew’s Academy in Saltcoats.

The competitions are open to musicians who are registered with a school in Ayrshire (North, South & East) or who are resident in Ayrshire. Some of the classes have an age restriction. These are 14 Years & under and 19 Years & under. Competitors will be eligible based on their age on the day of competition.

Entries close on Friday, February 9, should be made online by using the link here. If you have any questions regarding the online entry-system then please email: info@ayrshiremusicfestival.org.uk or for piping competition questions email Gerard McClumpha here.

•Piping and chanter winners from the Ayrshire Music Festival in 2023 with organiser Gerard McClumpha and judge Finlay Frame.

Please note that competitors in the chanter classes will be allowed to use music without any penalty. Competitors will NOT be allowed to play up.

601CHANTER – OPEN PRIMARYFee – £5
Own Choice March – 2 Parts

602CHANTER – OPEN PRIMARYFee – £5
Own Choice Slow March – 2 Parts

603SECONDARY CHANTERFee – £5
14 Years & Under Own Choice March – 2 Parts

604SECONDARY CHANTERFee – £5
14 Years & Under Own Choice Slow March – 2 Parts

Anyone choosing to play in Class 605 (Goose Competition) will not be allowed to play in any other category. Goose players will only be allowed to compete in this event for one year only.

605GOOSE COMPETITIONFee – £5
14 Years & Under Own Choice March – 2 Parts

606PIPINGFee – £5
14 Years & Under Own Choice Slow March – 2 Parts repeated

607PIPINGFee – £5
14 Years & Under Own Choice 6/8 March – 2×2 Parts OR 1×4 Parts

608PIPINGFee – £5
18 Years & Under Own Choice March, Strathspey, Reel (Minimum 4 Parts Each – No Break)

609PIPING (NO AGE RESTRICTION)Fee – £5
Own Choice Jig Competition – 4 Parts

An overall “Champion School” (for Chanters) will be decided from the combined scores of Classes 601 & 602 AND Classes 603 & 604 (Note – players must play in both their events to be considered for the overall award).

In the event of a tie, the school with the greater number of wins will be appointed “Champion”.

An overall “Champion School” (for Pipers) will be decided from the combined scores of Classes 608 & 609. (Note – players must play in both events to be considered for the overall award).

In the event of a tie, the piper with the higher place in Class 608 will count toward their school being appointed “Champion”.

An overall Piping “Champion” will be decided from the combined scores of Classes 608 & 609. (players must play in both events to be considered for the overall award).

In the event of a tie, the piper with the higher place in Class 608 will be appointed “Champion”.