This Saturday, 28th October 2017, the 44th edition of the world’s most prestigious solo piping competition, the Glenfiddich Piping Championship, took place at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Perthshire.
This year’s competition was won overall by Jack Lee from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. To claim this year’s title, he took 1st in the Piobaireachd and 2nd in the March, Strathspey and Reel events. Our very own Roddy MacLeod, Principal of Piping won the MSR event.
The full prizelist was:
1st Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, “Lament for the Earl of Antrim”
2nd Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, “The End of the Great Bridge”
3rd Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, “Scarce of Fishing”
4th Glenn Brown, Glasgow, “Lament for the Laird of Anapool”
5th Callum Beaumont, Bo'ness, Scotland, “Lament for MacLeod of Colbeck”
Judges: Iain MacFadyen, Ronnie McShannon, Jack Taylor
March, Strathspey & Reel (tunes repeated)
1st Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow, “The Clan MacColl,” “Piper’s Bonnet,” “The Rejected Suitor”
2nd Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, “The Marchioness of Tullibardine,” “Arniston Castle,” “Drum-Major John Seton”
3rd Alasdair Henderson, Glasgow, “The Duke of Roxburgh’s Farewell to the Blackmount Forest,” “The Caledonian Society of London,” “Mrs. MacPherson of Inveran”
4th Craig Sutherland, Crieff, Scotland,
5th Cameron Drummond, Edinburgh,
Judges: Ian Duncan, Willie Morrison, Bob Worrall
Speaking about his win Jack Lee said: “"Solo competitors are part of a close knit community where we often play and compete in events across the country. From this experience, we all know how tough competing in the Glenfiddich Championship is going to be, as it is performing at the highest level in piping. Each player has worked hard and won other events to earn their place here, so to win amongst such talent is an incredible honour."
The Glenfiddich Piping Championship was established in 1974 to bring together the world’s finest pipers and witness some of the finest renditions of the ancient and traditional piobaireachd or ceol mor (the great music) and light music or ceol beag (the little music).
The 10 competitors are invited to play as a result of having won prestigious accolades at other piping events during the last year. So all the competitors are already champions before coming to Blair Atholl, but competing at the Glenfiddich is seen as solo piping’s ultimate prize.
The event was livestreamed to people across the world, including viewers in the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa.