January 31, 2009

Meunier sweeps Gordon Duncan Memorial

Jock Duncan and Alexis Meunier at the 2009 Gordon Duncan MemorialGlasgow – January 25, 2009 – Alexis Meunier of Brittany won all three sections of the third annual Gordon Duncan Memorial Invitational Solo Piping Competition held at the Station Hotel in Glasgow. Because the hotel is in liquidation, there was no heat at the recital/competition, causing spectators and judges to wear overcoats throughout the near-six-hour event. One competitor quipped that the conditions were good practice for the Scottish games circuit in the summer.
The prizes were awarded by Jock Duncan, father of the late Gordon Duncan, and the contest was sponsored by McCallum Bagpipes.
Judges Ian Duncan and Iain MacLellanScottish section:
1st Alexis Meunier
2nd Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland
3rd Chris Armstrong, Airth, Scotland
Judges: Ian Duncan, Iain MacLellan
Breton section
1st Alexis Meunier
2nd Sylvain Hamon, Brittany
3rd Xavier Boderiou, Brittany
Judges: Herve Le Floch, Brittany; Jean Yves Magre
Irish section
1st Alexis Meunier
2nd Sylvain Hamon
3rd Willie McCallum
Judges: Harry Stevenson, Kenny Stewart
Others competing but not in the prizes were Gordon McCready, Renfrew, Scotland; Andrew Carlisle, Northern Ireland; Ashley McMichael, Northern Ireland; and Jonathan Greenlees, Northern Ireland.




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