Silver Medal Qualifier to continue for next two years
The Silver Medal qualifier implemented for the first time in 2010 is likely to happen again after the two relevant Scottish competitions – the Argyllshire Gathering at Oban and the Northern Meeting at Inverness – agreed to its continuation in 2011 and 2012. According to the Competing Pipers Association, the events will then be reviewed by Scotland’s Joint Committee for Judging to determine its future.
While the Silver Medal Qualifier competition took place, it was only after some confusion and last-minute alterations that saw all 12 entrants to the competition get a free pass to the Silver Medal, regardless of the result.
The event is again open to pipers graded “B” by the CPA, who have had their entry to the Silver Medal events rejected. Those with a B-minus grading are not eligible.
The 2011 qualifier event is expected to take place again on the weekend before the Argyllshire Gathering, which is scheduled for August 24-25.
While the qualifier competition was seen by most pipers concerned as a positive step forward, several non-UK-based competitors complained about the additional onus to make a special trip abroad with no guarantee of a successful outcome.
The Silver Medal competitions at Oban and Inverness were started in 1977 with the intent to alleviate entry in the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal events, which had been attracting nearly 60 competitors. Entry in the Silver Medal is restricted generally to about 30 competitors, with approximately 15 would-be competitors having their entry rejected.
The UK’s Joint Committee for Judging is a group that comprises members of the Piobaireachd Society, the Competing Pipers Association, the major gatherings and others.
who collectively It is the Argyllshire Gathering and the Northern Meeting who solely accept or reject entries to their events, usually over a single day of deliberation.