The organizers of the Glenfiddich Invitational Solo Piping Championship confirmed earlier that the contest would be streamed live on the Internet, and now have firmed up details of the broadcast itself.
The event will start at 10 am GMT on Saturday, October 26th, from Blair Castle in Blair Atholl, Scotland, via a special section of the National Piping Centre’s eLearning site. The broadcast will run until approximately 6 pm GMT, allowing plenty of time to watch the World Series.
The competition commences with the Piobaireachd section, breaks for lunch, and then resumes with the March, Strathspey & Reel a twice-over event in which competitors repeat each tune.
Iain Speirs of Edinburgh will defend the Glenfiddich title, and Willie McCallum of Bearsden, Scotland, will go after his ninth overall championship. The last time McCallum took the event was in 2005. Cameron Drummond, also of Edinburgh, makes his first appearance at the competition.
This year’s Glenfiddich competitors and the event that gained them an invitation:
- Callum Beaumont, Bo’ness, Scotland winner of the Northern Meeting Gold Medal; second in the Northern Meeting Clasp; fourth in Argyllshire Gathering Senior Piobaireachd
- Alan Bevan, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada – winner of the Argyllshire Gathering Gold Medal
- Cameron Drummond fourth in the Northern Meeting Silver Star MSR
- Alastair Dunn, Glasgow – third in Argyllshire Gathering Senior Piobaireachd
- Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada – second in Argyllshire Gathering Senior Piobaireachd
- Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada – winner of the Argyllshire Gathering Senior Piobaireachd; winner of the Masters; third in the Northern Meeting Clasp; third in the Argyllshire Gathering Silver Star MSR
- Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland – winner of the Northern Meeting Clasp; winner of the Northern Meeting Silver Star MSR;?winner of
Judges for the Piobaireachd event will be Malcolm McRae, Ronnie McShannon and Jack Taylor. MSR judges are Iain MacFadyen, Jim McGillivray and William Morrison.
Host at the live event is John Wilson, while piper and radio personality Fergus Muirhead will provide commentary on the streaming broadcast.