May 31, 2002

North American Pipers Gear Up for Livingstone Memorial

Eleven of North America’s best pipers have accepted the invitation to play in the William Livingstone Sr. Invitational Piping Competition on May 11th in the Officers’ Mess at James Street Armories in Hamilton, Ontario. The event is considered by many as North America’s premier invitational competition of the year.

Scheduled to participate are:

  • Peter Aumonier, Oakville, Ontario
  • Andrew Berthoff, Toronto
  • Martyn Brown, Barrie, Ontario
  • Glenn Brown, Milton, Ontario
  • Rob Crabtree, Toronto
  • Alasdair Gillies, Pittsburgh
  • Michael Grey, Dundas, Ontario
  • Andrew Hayes, Nepean, Ontario
  • Bill Livingstone, Whitby, Ontario
  • James McHattie, Toronto
  • Ed Neigh, Wellesley, Ontario

    The Livingstone Invitational features two events, a Piobaireachd, which starts at noon, and a March, Strathspey, Reel, Hornpipe & Jig, which begins at 7 p.m. Judges for both events are Willie Connell, John MacKenzie and Jim McGillivray.

    The event is also for the first time a qualifying contest for “The Macallan” in Lorient, France, in August, where pipers compete in Scottish, Irish and Breton idioms. The aggregate winner of the Livingstone will receive an invite to The Macallan.


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