October 31, 2000

McCallum Takes Overall at Glenfiddich to Break Record

Blair Atholl, Scotland – October 28, 2000 – Willie McCallum of Bearsden, Scotland, became the first person in history to win five aggregate titles at the Glenfiddich Invitational Piping Championship here today in a contest that showcased the year’s most successful pipers.

McCallum won the overall title on the merit of placing third in the piobaireachd event and third in the March, Strathspey & Reel.

Bill Livingstone of Whitby, Ontario, Canada, won the piobaireachd, with a rendition of “Lament for the Earl of Antrim,” while Gordon Walker of Glasgow, Scotland, won the MSR, completing a near-perfect light music season.

Willie McCallum’s win broke the tie he held for most aggregate wins at the contest with Iain MacFadyen and Murray Henderson. McCallum enjoyed one of the greatest competitive years ever in 2000, with a collection of major prizes that would satisfy most pipers over the course of a career.

The Glenfiddich Championship is sponsored by Wm Grant & Sons Whisky Distillers, a company that has supported piping throughout the world for over 30 years. The 2000 event marked the 26th straight year that the Grant’s company has underwritten the event.

1st Bill Livingstone, “The Lament for the Earl of Antrim”
2nd Robert Wallace, Stepps, Scotland, “The Earl of Seaforth’s Salute”
3rd Willie McCallum, “My King Has Landed In Moidart”
4th Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, Lament for the Children”
5th Stuart Liddell, Inverary, Scotland, “The End of the Great Bridge”
Judge: Andrew Wright, John Allan, and William MacDonald (Benbecula)

March, Strathspey & Reel
1st Gordon Walker
2nd Greg Wilson, Falkirk, Scotland
3rd Willie McCallum
4th Angus MacColl
5th Stuart Liddell
Judges: Iain MacLellan, Angus J. MacLellan, and Malcolm MacRae

Overall: 1st Willie McCallum, 2nd Bill Livingstone, 3rd Gordon Walker

Also competing were Michael Cusack, Houston, Texas, USA; Michael Rogers, Maryland, USA; and Bruce Gandy, Prince Edward Island, Canada.


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