April 06, 2024

Alasdair Henderson wins P-M Donald MacLeod Memorial Invitational

Alasdair Henderson with his winnings at the 2024 Donald MacLeod Memorial with MacLeod’s daughters, Susan (left) and Fiona. [Sandie Maciver]
Stornoway, Lewis, Scotland – April 5, 2024 – The 28th annual Pipe-Major Donald Macleod MBE Memorial Invitational Solo Piping Competition was won by Alasdair Henderson of Glasgow. Henderson’s win in the Piobaireachd event broke an aggregate tie with Glasgow’s Finlay Johnston. The Hornpipe & Jig result did not count towards the aggregate prize.

1st Alasdair Henderson, “Lament for John Morrison of Assynt House”
2nd Callum Beaumont, St. Andrew’s, Scotland
3rd Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland
4th Finlay Johnston

March, Strathspey & Reel
1st Finlay Johnston, “Duncan MacColl,” “Major Manson at Clachantrushal,” “Susan MacLeod,” “The Piper’s Bonnet,” “Fiona MacLeod,” “The Sheepwife”
2nd Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland
3rd Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow
4th Alasdair Henderson

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Stuart Liddell, “Raigmore,” “The Canister”
2nd Callum Beaumont
3rd Angus MacColl
4th Roddy MacLeod

Also competing: James Duncan MacKenzie, Lewis, and Innes Smith, Bridge of Allan, Scotland.

Junior piper Mairead Galbraith with Susan MacLeod. [Sandie Maciver]
The Junior competition for pipers younger than 18 was won by Eilidh MacDonald of Tarbert, Harris, Scotland, who competed against Isabel Beaton, Innes Begg, Mairead Gailbriath, Ruairidh MacDonald, Seumas Mackay, Micheal MacLellan and Charlie Shirkie.

New to the senior contest was a Slow Air event judged by the audience. James Duncan MacKenzie was the “runaway winner.” Each piper played a slow air as part of their tuning for the Piobaireachd event.

“I’m very, very pleased,” Alasdair Henderson said in a statement. “It’s a great field of players. I know all these guys fairly well as friends and I know how good they are. It was nice to come back to the room afterwards and feel quite happy and pleased with the way I’d played. The results come after that, just being happy with what you did.”

The Friday included a performance by Stuart Liddell on a set of pipes dating back to the mid-19th century, which was once owned by John Morrison of Assynt House. Tabby Angier, the instrument’s owner, brought the pipes to the event.

Stuart Liddell playing John Morrison of Assynt House’s pipes. [Sandie Maciver]
The Lewis & Harris Piping Society puts on the competition, paying homage to Lewis native Donald MacLeod. Competitors have to perform music composed by MacLeod.

Ian Duncan, Murray Henderson, and Rhona Lightfoot judged all of the events, and John Wilson emceed throughout the day.





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