£500 Prize for Pitlochry Highland Games Songwriting Competition

Pitlochry Highland Games are offering a £500 prize to the winner of their songwriting competition. The new tune is due to mark the 170th anniversary of the Games in 2022, with this year’s event being held on September 10.

The composition must be at least four parts in any time signature. Entries will be judged by a panel of world-class judges.

The registration deadline is April 30 and the terms and conditions are below. The entry form can be found on the Pitlochry Highland Games website here.

PHG piping manager Ross McNaughton playing the charming Pitlochry Highland Games by Freeland Barbour

PITLOCHRY HIGHLAND GAMES (PHG) PIPE TUNE COMPOSITION COMPETITION RULES, T&Cs

  • The aim of the competition is to create an original tune to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the Pitlochry Highland Games (PHG) in 2022.
  • The title of the composition is at the discretion of the composer, but it would be preferable if it reflected the ethos of PHG. An air subtitle of A tribute to the Pitlochry Highland Games may be included at the discretion of the composer. Footnotes of the meaning of tunes are encouraged.
  • The composition must be a pipe tune, of any time signature, consisting of at least 4 parts.
  • The entry form and the composition must be sent together in the same email to [email protected] or by post to:
    Contest administrator
    The old domain
    Aberfeldy
    PH15 2FR
  • Composers of all levels will be considered.
  • The composition submitted must not have been previously published.
  • All submitted entries will be judged jointly by the appointed jury.
  • All entries will be anonymous; the compositions will be presented to the jury without the contact details of the composer.
  • Any obvious evidence of plagiarism with previously published material will result in disqualification from the competition.
  • The jury’s decision on the winning entry is final.
  • By participating in the competition, the composer agrees to have his composition compiled for the PHG archives. This compilation may be available for future non-profit reference.
  • Admission is free.
  • There is no limit to the number of compositions submitted by a composer.
  • A cash prize of £500 will be awarded to the winner.
  • The deadline for entries is April 30, 2022 at midnight.
  • The winner will be announced no later than one month before PHG 2022.
  • The winning composition will be performed by the composer, or nominated piper, at PHG 2022.
  • For more information email: [email protected]


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Jennifer R. Strohm