The Glenfiddich Piping Championships 2018 - The Results
The Glenfiddich Piping Championship took place on Saturday 27th October at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl Pitlochry. It was a fantastic day of music with some outstanding tunes and great stories. This year the first Father and Son to compete in the same year were part of the event with Alex and Bruce Gandy, Dr Peter McCallister had come to the event after coming up through the amateur ranks with the CLASP league, then turning professional in 2009 and ther first Husband and Wife team to judge were on the bend. Murray and Patricia Henderson were MSR and Piobaireachd judges repectively.
After and outstanding day of playing, The National Piping Centre sends its warmest congratulations to Finlay Johnston on his first event win, with a 1st in Piobaireachd and a 3rd in the MSR events. Finlay is an instructor here at The National Piping Centre and we are delighted for him on this fantastic achievement.
This year's Balvenie Medal recipient was Cristiano Bicudo from Brazil, who has spent more than three decades pioneering the instrument in his home country. He was inspired to play in 1982 and sicne then has set up pipe bands and provided a learning platform for children from the favelas of Sao Paulo to inspire a new generation to learn the instrument.
The livestream of the event was once again remarkably popular, with people from allo ver the globe tuning in, including Uruguay, Brazil, New Zealand and Canada. Videos from the day will be available to rewatch shortly.
Full results are:
1st Finlay Johnston
2nd Callum Beaumont
3rd Stuart Liddell
4th Angus MacColl
5th Alex Gandy
1st Finlay Johnston, “My Dearest on Earth, Give Me Your Kiss”
2nd Stuart Liddell, “In Praise of Morag”
3rd Angus D. MacColl, “The Bells of Perth”
4th Callum Beaumont, “Craigellachie”
5th Stuart Easton, “The Unjust Incarceration”
Judges: Patricia Henderson, Dr. Angus MacDonald, John Wilson
1st Callum Beaumont
2nd Alex Gandy
3rd Finlay Johnston
4th Angus MacColl
5th Stuart Liddell
Judges: Murray Henderson, Stuart Samson, Bob Worrall
Images courtesy of Derek Maxwell Photography