PiobSoc sets competitors free in 2015 (updated)

Published: March 27, 2014
(Page 1 of 1)

The 60-odd solo pipers toiling away at the 2014 piobaireachds set for the 2014 Gold and Silver medal competitions at the world’s major gatherings can look forward to doing their own thing in 2015, as Scotland’s Piobaireachd Society has decided to make it an “own-choice” year in those events.

Except for the winner or winners of the 2014 Highland Society of London Gold Medals at the Argyllshire Gathering and the Northern Meeting, those in the Gold will have to submit eight piobaireachds of their own choice. Those in the Silver Medal events will have to put in six tunes.

Players who have earned a spot in the Clasp at Inverness and the Senior Piobaireachd at Oban need to submit four tunes from a list of well-established classics, including “The Lament for thw Children,” regarded by many as the greatest piece of ceol mor ever produced, yet rarely set for the major events.

Senior Competitions

  • “John Garve MacLeod of Raasay’s Lament”
  • “Lament for Donald Ban MacCrimmon”
  • “Lament for the Children”
  • “Lament for the Duke of Hamilton”
  • “Lament for the Earl of Antrim”
  • “MacLeod of Colbeck’s Lament”
  • “Mrs. MacLeod of Talisker’s Salute”
  • “Patrick Og MacCrimmon’s Lament”

Submit four, play one.

Gold Medals
Submit eight tunes, play one

Silver Medal
Submit six tunes, play one

When asked about why now for an “own choice” year, Piobairecahd Society President Jack Taylor said, “The thinking was that there has not been ‘own choice’ for several years, and that everybody likes own choice from time to time. Our discussions with the Competing Pipers Association reflected that. There was no specific timing. It also allows a snapshot of what current repertoire is. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some more ‘modern’ tunes – for example, by Donald MacLeod or John MacLellan – submitted, but we will see.”

Taylor said that the list for the Senior events was chosen from the MacCrimmon-authored or associated tunes for the competitions in August at Skye.

The advantages of having a set list of tunes, Taylor added, are that “it stimulates players to take on new repertoire, gives some ‘shape’ to their learning, avoids a player having maybe six tunes that will last a career.” The disadvantages, he said, include “constraint, maybe stifles development and new thinking, can bring forward tunes that naturally would remain dormant due to being poor pieces of music, and preoccupying the piper at the expense of other desired and better repertoire.”

The usual cautions are given about “altogether different” settings from those in the Piobaireachd Society Collection and/or the Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor not being accepted.

In a departure from the usual, the organization is asking that those submitting acceptable different settings of tunes provide a manuscript with their entries, so that the judges can study them in advance to be better prepared at the competition.

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 3.5/5
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +1

GET THE MOBILE APP!
The new pipes|drums app offers the same publication with a streamlined experience. Get the latest news optimized for your smartphone.
Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play
THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
May 28, 1958Borreraig gifted by General I.S. Martin to College of Piping, Glasgow, for fee of 1 penny per annum.
TOP STORIES
Articles from the last three months with the highest overall ratings by readers.
  1. “Pipers Meeting” makes oldest tunes new again
  2. The 1987 Iain McLeod p|d Interview
MOST RECENT POST
  • What judges want
    Tue, 18 Apr 2017
    Sitting adjudicating an amateur solo piping competition the other day, I got to thinking again about the competitors, so many of them so anxious and apprehensive. Playing before a judge who’s going to judge your music is a weird t …
Read more »
UPCOMING EVENTS June 9, 2017Georgetown Highland GamesGeorgetown Fairgrounds

June 10, 2017UK Pipe Band ChampionshipsBelfast

June 15, 2017Cobourg Highland Games & FestivalVictoria Park, Cobourg

June 16, 2017Chicago Highland Games

June 17, 2017The National Piping Centre Virginia Piping & Drumming School 2017Shenandoah University, Winchester VA

TIP OF THE DAY
Never eat yellow snow!
Brian Donaldson, Inveran Bagpipes, Edinburgh