November 3, 2018




Town Hall, 51 Holland St, Kensington, London W8, UK

SPSL Annual Competition 2018

Competition entry now closed, with the draw available here:

2018 Final Draw

The top professional pipers in the world will compete for the prestigious Bratach Gorm and a range of other professional events graded Premier, A & B.  Juvenile competitors compete for the Jim Caution Quaich. Competition details and entry form can be found below:

Important notice: Please do not enter until you are ready to submit all tunes. An admin charge will apply to entries without appropriate tune submissions (eg. no ‘TBC’). Closing date for entries is September 30 2018.

If you do not receive confirmation of your entry please check your junk box. All other queries should be directed to

Entry criteria:

See below each event for detailed criteria. Event entry follows the established grading system.  e.g. Those graded B for light music by the CPA will be expected to play in the B grade light music.

Formers winners of London events since 2009 will be expected to play in the next level event at London.

Winners from the 2018 events at the Argyllshire Gathering or Northern Meeting will be expected to play in the next level event at London.

The Bratach Gorm is open only to Gold Medal winners or previous winners of the William Gillies Cup at London.

In the event of a large entry in the premier MSR event the SPSL committee may elect for the MSR to be played once through only.  If this occurs pipers will be notified in advance.

In previous years the A grade events had a low entry compared to a much larger B grade.  From 2017 all pipers graded B+ will be required to enter for the RG Lawrie Rams Horn Snuff Mull only (where graded B+ for Piobaireachd), and the Strachan Memorial & Donald Forbes Medal only (where graded B+ for light music).

Hotel Accommodation:

The SPSL have a negotiated a discounted room rate with the Copthorne Tara Hotel.  Book with the hotel directly and quote code SCOO021118 to obtain the discounted rate (£110 per room per night for double/twin occupancy, £145 per room per night for standard triple, £100 per room per night for single occupancy).  Please note that only 15 rooms will be available at the discounted rate and these are available on a first come, first served basis.