Piobaireachd Society Reduces Senior Set List
In an unusual move, the Music Committee of the Piobaireachd Society has responded to the request of the Competing Pipers Association and has recommended that the requirement for the Clasp at Inverness and the Senior Piobaireachd at Oban be reduced to four tunes, rather than the six it had set in the summer.
Controversy ensued when the Piobaireachd Society released its recommendations for the set tunes when the organization designated obscure settings of eight tunes, six of which had to be submitted.
After much dialog with the CPA a compromise has been reached. Although competitors will have to submit only four tunes, one of them must be of the of the settings designated by the Society.
There is strong expectation that the set tune lists for the Gold and Silver medal competitions will also be reduced to four from the current six.
The Piobaireachd Society’s set tune lists do not necessarily have to be adhered to, and the Northern Meeting at Inverness and Argyllshire Gathering at Oban are free to set their own requirements. There is no record of that happening since the concept of set tunes first started in the 1950s.
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