Liddell sweeps Masters Solos: Glenfiddich bound

Published: August 11, 2014
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Stuart Liddell reflects on winning the Glenfiddich Masters Solo Piping Competition. [photo: Derek Maxwell]

Glasgow – August 11, 2014 – The Masters Solo Piping Competition started off a week of Livestream events from Piping Live!, this one featuring many of the top solo pipers in the world competing in piobaireachd and MSR contests, with the overall winner getting a place in this year’s Glenfiddich Championship. Besides the apparent strong uptake on free streaming video, the National Piping Centre boasted a full hall for the competition, with lots of well-known piping personalities in the audience. Stuart Liddell of Inveraray, Scotland, gained the overall award, and thus an invitation to the Glenfiddich.

Piobaireachd (14 competed)
1st Stuart Liddell, “A Sons Salute to His Parents”
2nd Finlay Johnstone, Glasgow, “The Lament for the Union”
3rd Jack Lee, “War or Peace”
4th Glenn Brown, “MacNeil of Barra’s March”
Judges: William Morrison, Jack Taylor, Andrew Wright

Also competing in the Piobaireachd, but not in the prizes: Callum Beaumont, Brian Donaldson, Faye Henderson, Angus MacColl, Roddy MacLeod, Donald MacPhee, Niall Matheson, William McCallum, Fred Morrison and Gordon Walker.

MSR (19 competed)
1st Stuart Liddell, “Abercairney Highlanders,” “John Roy Stewart,” “The Smith of Chilliechassie”
2nd Roddy MacLeod, “The Clan MacColl,” “Lady Louden,” “The Rejected Suitor”
3rd Willie McCallum, “Crags of Stirling,” “Shepherd¹s Crook,” “The Little Cascade”
4th Gordon McCready, “93rd at Modder River,” “Blair Drummond,” “Cecily Ross”
Judges: Walter Cowan, John Wilson, Bob Worrall

Also competing in the MSR, but not in the prizes: Glenn Brown, Andrew Carlisle, Brian Donaldson, Cameron Drummond, Margaret Dunn, Peter Hunt, Finlay Johnstone, Jack Lee, Angus MacColl, Ian K. MacDonald, Donald MacPhee, Niall Matheson, Simon McKerrell, Fred Morrison, Neil Smith and Gordon Walker.


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