January 28, 2015

Livingstone returns to former self

The William Livingstone Senior Memorial Invitational Solo Piping Competition a few years back shortened its name to “The Livingstone” and made its format a recital-dinner with only a handful of contestants entertaining the audience and judges.

The event didn’t happen in 2014 after two years with the new format, but it is back on May 9, 2015, “returning to its roots,” according to organizers: a Piobaireachd in the afternoon and a MSRHPJ in the evening, abandoning assigned tunes, fancy catering, and the “recital” format.

In 2012 the competition was held at the swish Hamilton Club with only six contestants. In 2013, the event held the same format, but returned to familiar Officer’s Mess of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada headquarters at James Street Armories in Hamilton, Ontario.

The event also returns to familiar cash prizes for first, second, and third winners in each event and a spiff for the overall winner, with travel stipends available for those coming from afar.

The competition was started in 1979, and is organized by the Niagara-Hamilton Branch of the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario. Bill Livingstone Jr. had played a part in the redevelopment of the contest in 2012 and ’13, but is no longer involved. Livingstone refused to comment on the competition’s return to the old format.




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