Live streaming confirmed for Glenfiddich Championship

Published: October 1, 2013
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The fortieth rendition of the Glenfiddich Invitational Solo Piping Championships on October 26th will again be streamed live on the Internet, organizers have confirmed.

According to Liz Maxwell, longtime coordinator and director of the event with sponsors William Grant & Sons Distillers – makers of Glenfiddich whiskies – the Internet broadcast will again be coordinated by the National Piping Centre and hosted by Fergus Muirhead.

While details on scheduling have not yet been confirmed, Maxwell said that the video streaming would be of a more professional quality over the first-time broadcast in 2012.

“We have a couple of interesting additions to keep everyone interested and entertained,” Maxwell added.

The annual Glenfiddich Piping Championship is seen as the ultimate competition for solo Highland pipers, and has always been held at the Great Hall of Blair Castle, the home of the Duke of Atholl, in Blair Atholl, Scotland.

This year’s competitors, each of who qualified based on success in designated solo competitions in 2013, are: Callum Beaumont, Bo’ness, Scotland; Alan Bevan, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; Cameron Drummond, Edinburgh; Alastair Dunn, Glasgow; Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland; Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland; Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland; and Iain Speirs, Edinburgh.

Speirs is the reigning Glenfiddich Champion. McCallum holds the record number of overall Glenfiddich tittles, with eight.

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  1. Batman

    ROCKIN’ good news. It was an excellent presentation last year, and I will happily rise early this year to tune in again. Fantastic to hear such magnificent playing as it’s happening. Many thanks to the powers that be. I know what tie Willie McCallum wore last year. Let’s see if he repeats. I also make sure to keep a bottle of Glenfiddich in the cupboard in appreciation of their sponsorship.

  2. gramps

    The older I get the better it gets. A chance to see the Glenfiddich (missed it last year) along with watching the World’s and so many other great pipers and bands here and on you tube is great. Who knows, maybe I’ll even get an Iphone, then again maybe not! Cheers.

  3. Doc

    Looking forward to this years Glenfiddich. A great mix of “young guns” and “mature favorites”. Attending the Glenfiddich remains one of the top items on my “bucket list”. One of these years, but not this one, I’m afraid. The camera’s access last year was enlightening. Having never attended, I always imagined the event to be quite formal. I was surprised to see how informally dressed and casual the audience was. Quite different then the Dan Reid Memorial and the McLennan. audiences

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