August 31, 2011

HD video: Stuart Liddell takes 2011 Todd Recital Challenge

Glasgow – August 11, 2011 – Stuart Liddell of Inveraray, Scotland, was the winner of the 2011 Lord Todd Bar Recital Challenge, the event that more than a decade ago helped to  inspire the successful Piping Live! Glasgow International Festival of Piping. Liddell produced an at times jaw-dropping performance that enthralled the capacity crowd at the Lord Todd Bar at the University of Strathclyde.

Liddell competed against four other invited pipers: Andrew Bonar, Vancouver; Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland; Niall Stewart, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland; and Gordon Walker, Galston, Scotland.

Each competitor could perform for a maximum of 30 minutes, and had to include the ground of a piobaireachd and a traditional march, strathspey & reel in his selection.


The ticketed event for the first time had to compete for an audience, with two other significant Piping Live! performances coinciding, but attendance at the Todd Bar was as strong as ever, with the crowd spilling into the bar and patio area after the competition finished.

John Wilson was fear-an-tighe for the night.


  1. Amazing! After playing the Mason’s Jig, was that the Mason’s in a funky Waltz time? What time signature was that? 5/2? Amazing. Rab’s Crossing Note exercise at the end. Classic. -RJ



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