The Solo Piping Judges’ Association (SPJA) and the Piobaireachd Society have
decided to adopt a different approach to their autumn judges’ seminar this year.
The seminar, which is free of charge, will be held in the auditorium at the National
Piping Centre in Glasgow and will be open to anyone who wishes to attend. It will
also be live streamed so that it may be viewed by those who cannot make it to
Glasgow. Information on how to access the live stream will be circulated nearer the
The main subject for discussion will be the set tunes for the Silver Medal
competitions in 2017. These are tunes drawn from Book 16 and from the
compositions of Pipe Major Donald MacLeod and so are unlikely to be well known.
The seminar will be chaired by Jack Taylor and the discussions will be led by Andrew
Wright (Book 16 tunes) and John Wilson (Donald MacLeod tunes) and some of the
tunes will be illustrated on the pipes.
It is hoped that this will be of interest to judges, competitors and teachers, as well as
to the wider public.
The agenda for the day, and approximate timings, are as follows:
13.00 to 14.30 Book 16 set tunes
14.30 to 15.00 Short break
15.00 to 16.30 Donald MacLeod set tunes