Hamish Reade wins 2018 Pipe Idol

Published: August 17, 2018

Hamish Reade (left) with sponsor Fred Morrison. [Photo Alister Sinclair]
Glasgow – August 16, 2018 – Hamish Reade of New Zealand was the winner of the 2018 Pipe Idol competition for pipers 21 years old and younger, after four rounds produced four finalists over four days at the Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival.

Reade competed against Luke Kennedy, Scotland; Douglas Mair, Scotland; and Anna Smart, New Zealand, and took home a new set of Fred Morrison Reelpipes.

Contestants have to play an MSR, a Hornpipe & Jig, and a maximum five-minute medley of their own choice for a panel of hand-picked “secret” judges scattered in the live audience, each round held at free events at the Street Cafe.

The winners of each round then competed in a ticketed Grand Final, held at the Strathclyde Suite of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Thursday, August 16th.

Previous winners of Pipe Idol:

  • Robbie MacIsaac, 2017
  • Callum Craib, 2016
  • Scott Barrie, 2015
  • Calum Brown, 2014
  • Angus J. MacColl, 2013
  • Connor Sinclair, 2012
  • Sarah Muir, 2011
  • Alex Gandy, 2010
  • James MacKenzie, 2009
Pipe Idol 2018 finalists (L-R) Anna Smart, Luke Kennedy, Hamish Reade, sponsor Fred Morrison, and Douglas Mair. [Photo Alister Sinclair]

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