2021 Virtual Competition
With our normal format of 95 events curtailed for a second successive year, we decided to host a virtual programme – supported by EventScotland – to maintain the spirit of our 154-year-old cultural and sporting showcase.
Although our Games are normally held on the Village Green on the first Saturday in August in front of 10,000 spectators, regrettably we took the decision back in March once again to cancel this year due to continued uncertainties surrounding COVID-19.
Please enjoy the Virtual experience which we have put together for you today to mark another year of traditions at Aboyne. We look forward to welcoming you all back ‘in person’ on Saturday 6th August 2022.
Following our highly successful 2020 Virtual Piping Competitions, our renowned and highly regarded Piping Convenor, Dr Jack Taylor, suggested that we host this again for a second year on the 7th August. The 4 categories were to be the Adult Open March, Open Piobaireachd, Open Strathspey & Reel and Open Hornpipe & Jig. We had 40 very high standard entries from all over the world. Competitors submitted their recordings. Over the following days, the judges from across the globe listened to the recordings and made their decisions. Congratulations to our winners.
Open Strathspey and Reel
2021 saw our first Virtual Fiddle Competition. This was co-ordinated and judged by Paul Anderson MBE and his wife Shona. The categories were to use all those already on the Games Programme. Any 2 Scottish Tunes 12 years and under, Any 3 Scottish Tunes 15 years and under and finally Air, Slow March, Strathspey and Reel 16 years and over. A 1st place was also awarded to the Best Local entry. We had a large entry for all 3 categories from all over the world.