October 31, 2003

Ten Most Successful Competition Pipers Prepare for Glenfiddich Championship

Ten of the world’s most successful competition pipers from the previous year are getting ready for the annual Glenfiddich Invitational Piping Championship, scheduled for Saturday, November 1, at Blair Castle, in Blair Atholl, Scotland.

The event is seen as the premier invitational event in the solo piping world, with the Duke of Atholl hosting the proceedings and the dedicated benefactor to piping, Wm. Grants & Sons, underwriting the competition.

Competitors qualify to receive an invitation to the contest through a variety of contest successes, including the Gold Medals, Clasp, Senior Piobaireachd and Silver Star at Oban and Inverness; the Bratach Gorm at London; and the previous year’s winner of the Glenfiddich.

2003 competitors are:

  • Chris Armstrong, Bathgate, Scotland (Inverness Gold Medal)
  • Michael Cusack, Houston (Oban Senior Piobaireachd)
  • Bruce Gandy, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Oban Gold Medal)
  • Alasdair Gillies, Pittsburgh (Inverness Silver Star)
  • Murray Henderson, Kirriemuir, Scotland (Inverness Clasp)
  • Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia (2nd, Clasp)
  • Roderick MacLeod, Glasgow (2002 Glenfiddich Champion)
  • Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland (2nd, Oban MSR)
  • Iain Speirs, Edinburgh (Silver Chanter)
  • Gordon Walker, Kilmarnock, Scotland (Oban MSR)

    The event comprises Piobaireachd and March, Strathspey & Reel events. Judges for the Piobaireachd are Malcolm McRae, Jack Taylor and James Young, and, for the MSR, Walter Drysdale, John McDougall and Iain MacLellan.

    By winning the 2003 Bratach Gorm at London last week, Bruce Gandy has already qualified for the 2004 Glenfiddich.


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