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Report from UK Championships at Belfast.

Last weekend saw the return of a Northern Irish major championship for the first time since the band’s memorable win at the European Championships in 2012. Although this year’s contest was initially scheduled to take place at Ormeau Park in the city centre, a late change of venue saw us returning to the incredible grounds at Stormont – surely one of the best venues we have enjoyed for a pipe band contest in recent years.

This year also saw the introduction of a new major championship with the newly titled UK championships taking over as the fifth RSPBA major from Cowal. Having made a positive start at the first championships in Bathgate only two weeks before, the Grade 1 band were looking to better their result of 2nd. Having competed at Bathgate with a medley, the focus had quickly turned to the band’s two MSRs in preparation for the contest in Belfast. With near perfect weather for the majority of the day it was widely anticipated that the standard of contest would match the incredibly high level produced at Bathgate and it did not disappoint.

After a great setup the band marched to the line full of confidence and drew their number 1 MSR (featuring a new strathspey and reel for this year: The Caledonian Society of London and Pretty Marion). Despite a very good performance the band ultimately had to settle for 4th place. Given the results the band has achieved over the last few years this was a disappointing result and we will be looking to bounce back immediately at the next championship in Forres on Saturday 28th June.

The Juvenile band also made the trip across to Belfast and were looking forward to competing with their medley at a major championship for the first time. The band produced a very promising performance of their medley (The Dechmont Flyer, The Fuddler, Flora McCauley of Carradale, The Mists of Time, Kirstie McCalman’s Favourite, Sleepy Maggie, Secret Creek) and also finished in 4th place in another excellent Juvenile contest. Well done to George Heriot’s on their first win in Juvenile. The Juvenile band will now return to focusing on their MSR ahead of Forres and will look to continue progressing at the fantastic rate they have displayed so far.

Posted by Andrew Ray on 06/22 at 01:57 PM in Homepage


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