2012 Masters competition champion: Willie McCallum

Published: August 31, 2012
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Glasgow – August 12, 2012 – The Masters Solo Piping Competition, the final event of the 2012 Piping Live! Festival, was won by Willie McCallum, who was second in the Piobaireachd and the MSR to come up the middle for the overall victory. Iain Speirs of Edinburgh won the Piobaireachd, which was held at the National Piping Centre auditorium, and Gordon Walker took the MSR, which  went on at the new theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In winning the event, McCallum automatically qualifies for the Glenfiddich Championship in October.

Piobaireachd
1st Iain Speirs
2nd Willie McCallum
3rd Murray Henderson
4th Roddy MacLeod
Judges: Iain MacFadyen, Stuart Shedden, Jack Taylor

MSR
1st Gordon Walker
2nd Willie McCallum
3rd Ian K. MacDonald
4th Stuart Liddell
Judges: Jimmy Banks, Iain MacLellan, Jim McGillivray

Also competing but not in the prizes  were Glenn Brown, Andrew Carlisle, Colin Clansey, Brian Donaldson,   Andrew Hayes, Faye Henderson, Peter Hunt, Simon McKerrell, Douglas Murray, Niall Stewart and Neil Walker.

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