Published: April 10, 2015

Donald MacLeod Memorial Champ: Willie McCallum

Willie McCallum
Stornoway, Scotland – April 10, 2015 – The twenty-second annual Donald MacLeod Memorial Invitational Piping Competition was won by Willie McCallum of Bearsden, Scotland. McCallum enjoyed the best overall success by taking firsts in the Piobaireachd and MSR events, the two events that count towards the aggregate prize. Gordon McCready of Renfrew, Scotland, won the Jig event. The event pays tribute to the late, great MacLeod, and his compositions are featured throughout the events.

The event introduced a new trophy for second prize in the Piobaireachd contest donated in memory of the late Scott MacAulay, one of the most accomplished Canadian pipers of all time. MacAulay’s family came from the Isle of Lewis.

Piobaireachd
1st Willie McCallum
2nd Iain Speirs, Edinburgh
3rd Finlay Johnston, Glasgow
4th Glenn Brown, Glasgow

MSR
1st Willie McCallum
2nd Iain Speirs
3rd Gordon McCready
4th Callum Beaumont, Bo’ness, Scotland

Iain Speirs, aggregate runner-up at the 2015 Donald MacLeod Memorial, accepts the Scott MacAulay trophy with from family and friends of the late MacAulay.

Jig
1st Gordon McCready
2nd Glenn Brown
3rd Callum Beaumont
4th Iain Speirs

Judges for all events were Iain MacFadyen, Willie Morrison and John Wilson.

Douglas Murray and Gordon Walker withdrew from the event the day before. The contestants each gladly played an air and a 6/8 march as an unjudged performance to make up for the spare time.

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