Lorient latest to move away from March, Strathspey & Reel
The prestigious MacCrimmon Trophy at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Lorient, Brittany, is the latest piping competition to opt out of staging the traditional March, Strathspey & Reel event, choosing instead to go with a freestyle medley.
The competition, now in its thirty-second year, has standardized the Scottish section to be more in line with the Irish and Breton components, which also call for a maximum-six-minute selection.
The MacCrimmon Trophy – sponsored for many years by Macallan Whisky – attracts competitors from around the world, each qualifying for the competition in regional competitions. Previous winners of the trophy include Gordon Duncan, Robert Mathieson and Fred Morrison.
According to organizer LoÃ¯c Denis, “A traditional MSR used to be played and will be replaced by a medley in Scottish music, just like for the Irish and Breton parts. Every piper is free to adapt the large repertoire of Scottish music, e.g., airs, marches, jigs, strathspeys, reels, etc.”
Overall prize money for the competitions is 4,400 euros – about £3,550 or $7,000.
In addition to the August 7th three-medley selection events that determine the winner of the MacCrimmon Trophy, there is a piobaireachd competition on August 3rd and a “Kitchen Music” contest on August 4th.
Robert Watt of Northern Ireland was the winner of the 2010 MacCrimmon Trophy.