The fortieth rendition of the Glenfiddich Invitational Solo Piping Championships on October 26th will again be streamed live on the Internet, organizers have confirmed.
According to Liz Maxwell, longtime coordinator and director of the event with sponsors William Grant & Sons Distillers – makers of Glenfiddich whiskies – the Internet broadcast will again be coordinated by the National Piping Centre and hosted by Fergus Muirhead.
While details on scheduling have not yet been confirmed, Maxwell said that the video streaming would be of a more professional quality over the first-time broadcast in 2012.
“We have a couple of interesting additions to keep everyone interested and entertained,” Maxwell added.
The annual Glenfiddich Piping Championship is seen as the ultimate competition for solo Highland pipers, and has always been held at the Great Hall of Blair Castle, the home of the Duke of Atholl, in Blair Atholl, Scotland.
This year’s competitors, each of who qualified based on success in designated solo competitions in 2013, are: Callum Beaumont, Bo’ness, Scotland; Alan Bevan, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; Cameron Drummond, Edinburgh; Alastair Dunn, Glasgow; Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland; Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland; Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland; and Iain Speirs, Edinburgh.
Speirs is the reigning Glenfiddich Champion. McCallum holds the record number of overall Glenfiddich tittles, with eight.