Updated: 2010 Glenfiddich Champion: Angus MacColl

Published: October 31, 2010
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Blair Atholl, Scotland – October 30, 2010 -  Angus MacColl of Benderloch, Scotland,  was the overall winner of the annual Glenfiddich Invitational Solo Piping Competition held at Blair Atholl Castle. It was MacColl’s third time winning the overall championship. With the victory, MacColl becomes the first invitee to the 2011 Glenfiddich. Stuart Liddell of Inveraray, Scotland, won the MSR competition. The overall list, with preference weighted to the Piobaireachd event, was  1st Angus MacColl, 2nd Stuart Liddell, 3rd Willie McCallum, 4th Dr. Angus MacDonald, 5th Roddy MacLeod.

Piobaireachd
1st Angus MacColl, “The End of the Great Bridge”
2nd Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland, “The Daughter’s Lament”
3rd Dr. Angus MacDonald, Portree, Scotland, “Lament for the Union”
4th Andrew Hayes, Ottawa, “Lachlan MacNeill Campbell of Kintarbert’s Fancy”
5th Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland, “Lament for Donald Ban MacCrimmon”

Judges: Jack Taylor, John Wilson, Andrew Wright

MSR
1st Stuart Liddell, “Mrs. John MacColl,” “Susan MacLeod,” “The Little Cascade”
2nd Angus MacColl, “John MacDonald of Glencoe,” “Shepherd’s Crook,” “Rejected Suitor”
3rd Roddy MacLeod, “The Marchioness of Tullibardine,” “Piper’s Bonnet,” “Ca’ the Ewes”
4th Iain Speirs, “The Duchess of Edinburgh,” “Lady Louden,” “The Smith of Chilliechassie”
5th Willie McCallum, “Stirlingshire Militia,” “Maggie Cameron,” “John MacKechnie”

Judges: Colin MacLellan, Malcolm McRae, Bob Worrall

Rhona (MacDonald) Lightfoot was presented with the Balvenie Medal for her contributions to piping.

Also competing but not in the prizes were  Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Faye Henderson, Kirriemuir, Scotland; and Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia.

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