Gold, Silver Medal Requirements Status Quo
After the Piobaireachd Society decided to reduce the requirement for competitors in the Senior competitions this year, it is sticking to its guns for the Gold and Silver medal events by maintaining entrants must submit six piobaireachds from the lists of eight.
There had been speculation from many competitors that the Piobaireachd Society would follow suit with the two other recommendations.
“The requirements for the Gold Medal and Silver Medal remain the same,” said Andrew Wright, President of the Piobaireachd Society. “Competitors in these events appear to have taken the increased requirements in their stride.”
It appears that most, if not all, discussion has been around the requirements for the Senior competitions at Oban (the Open Piobaireachd) and Inverness (the Clasp). Controversy ensued after the Piobaireachd Society originally demanded that competitors in those events would submit six tunes from the list of eight, comprising relatively obscure tunes and settings.
“The Piobaireachd Society, after discussion with the CPA, have agreed to reduce the recommendations for the Senior set tune requirements this year,” Wright continued. “This was largely in view of the workload which would have imposed on those players who are qualified to play both in the Gold Medal and the Clasp events and their having to learn twelve tunes. Also there was unrest from the Clasp players in having to learn settings of tunes with which they were not familiar.”
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