The Auckland Centre of the Piping and Dancing Association held the 12th Solo Piping Festival on Saturday the 31st of August in the Uxbridge Art Centre in Howick Auckland.
There were 22 pipers competing in 13 events from the practice chanter and several grades of march, strathspey and reel, hornpipe and jig and piobaireachd.
The adjudicator was Iain Blakeley and the Stewards were Andrew Wilkie and Anton Hodson from Clan Donald, and Murdock McDonald, also from Clan Donald, was called upon to present a number of the medals and prizes on behalf of Clan Donald and in his own right.
There was some fabulous piping and pupils of Anton Hodson and Iain Foxell fared very well amongst the prizes.
The grants provided by Clan Donald and others, made a huge contribution to the competition, and the ongoing promotion of Piping.
The Winner and Runner Up of the D Grade Piobaireachd. From the left Iain Blakeley, Adjudicator, Ruaridh Martinoga, Runner Up, Rupert Nielsen, Winner and Murdock McDonald.
Murdock McDonald presenting the Winner’s Medal to Rupert Nielsen. The Stewards Andrew Wilkie and Anton Hodson in the background.