History of the CWC
The Copenhagen Winter Competition (CWC) is probably the most renowned competition for solo Piping, solo Drumming and musical groups in northern continental Europe.
The competition started in 1973 in connection with a workshop with PM Angus MacDonald, arranged by to local pipe bands; The White Hackle Pipe Band and The Heather Pipes & Drums of Copenhagen.
Since the first competition the amount of entries and competition types has increased and developed to contain not only traditional piping and drumming solo competitions but also a Scandinavian tune competition as well as a quintet competition.
CWC has since the beginning been influenced by the Scottish Piping and Drumming community, both from local residents, among other; PM Robert L. Kilgour, MBE, Scots Guards and his brother George Kilgour, who have made a significant contribution over the years and from Scottish adjudicators, also giving recitals, when coming to Copenhagen.
Bob has been judging one or more competitions for the first 30 years of CWC and among adjudicators giving memorable recitals are PM John D. Burgess, LD Alex Duthart, PM Alasdair Gillies, LD Jim Kilpatrick and Gordon Duncan.
CWC has regularly been visited by Belgian, Dutch, French, German, Scottish and Swiss competitors and CWC has over the years been an invaluable source of inspiration to the Scandinavian community, where several musicians from the Scandinavian community have risen from childhood participation at CWC to a professional level to pursue international musical goals.