August 30, 2019

Northern Meeting 2019 Day 2: Beaumont wins Clasp; Wilson takes B-MSR; Liddell, Dew win the HP&J’s

Callum Beaumont accepts the Clasp at the 2019 Northern Meeting.

Inverness, Scotland – August 30, 2019 – The second day of the Northern Meeting, commonly referred to as “Inverness” by solo pipers, brought the Clasp, the most significant piobaireachd competition in the world, and the balance of light music and junior events.

Callum Beaumont of Linlithgow, Scotland, won his fourth and second consecutive Clasp (2012, 2015, 2018), thus qualifying again for the Glenfiddich Championship after previously earning an invitation via winning the overall prize at London last November. With the repeat qualifying win, the Clasp second-prize-winner Jack Lee of Surrey, British Columbia, is likely to receive a Glenfiddich invitation.

Stuart Liddell of Inveraray, Scotland, continued his incredible run of solo and band success with a win of the top-tier Hornpipe & Jig.  Liddell’s success follows his wins of the Northern Meeting Silver Star the day before, the Senior Piobaireachd at Oban last week, the Masters at Piping Live! and guiding Inveraray & District winning to their second World Pipe Band Championship in early August.

John Dew (L) and Stuart Liddell, winners of the B-Grade and Premier/A-Grade aggregate awards.

Matt Wilson of Dollar, Scotland, won the B-Grade MSR, escalating him to future A-Grade MSRs at Inverness and Oban, and John Dew of Glasgow took the B-Grade Hornpipe & Jig, both prize lists featuring only pipers based in Scotland.

Liddell and Dew were the overall winners of the Premier/A-Grade and B-Grade competitions, respectively.

The Clasp results and all of the prizes were presented on stage at around 6:30 pm.

1st Callum Beaumont, “The Daughter’s Lament”
2nd Jack Lee, “Lament for John MacDonald of Inverness”
3rd Angus D. MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, “Donald Gruamach’s March”
4th Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland, “Donald Gruamach’s March”
5th Finlay Johnston, Glasgow, “Donald Gruamach’s March”
Judges: Ian Duncan, Iain MacFadyen, Malcolm McRae

Premier & A-Grade Hornpipe & Jig
1st Stuart Liddell
2nd Alex Gandy, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
3rd Craig Sutherland, Perth, Scotland
4th Ian K. MacDonald, Whitby, Ontario
5th James Duncan MacKenzie, Back, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
Judges: Iain Morrison, Willie Morrison, Neill Mulvie

Connor Sinclair receives the Highland Society of London Gold Medal at the 2019 Northern Meeting.

1st Matt Wilson
2nd Jonathon Simpson, Falkirk, Scotland
3rd John Dew, Glasgow
4th Greig Canning, Kirkcaldy, Scotland
5th Sandy Cameron, Fort William, Scotland
Judges: Stuart Samson, John Wilson, Bill Wotherspoon,

Hornpipe & Jig
1st John Dew
2nd Matt Wilson
3rd Finlay Cameron, Fort William, Scotland
4th Callum Moffat, Lockerbie, Scotland
5th Ross Miller, Linlithgow, Scotland
Judges: Barry Donaldson, Ian MacLellan

Prizewinners and organizers at the 2019 Northern Meeting.

Under 18

1st Campbell Wilson, Christchurch, New Zealand
2nd Christopher Happs, Edinburgh
3rd Archie MacLean
4th Luke Kennedy, Strathaven, Scotland
Judges: Logan Tannock, Stuart Shedden

1st Campbell Wilson
2nd Gregor MacDonald, Oban, Scotland
3rd Christopher Happs
4th Alistair Bevan, Abbotsford, British Columbia
Judges: Lewis Barclay, Stuart Shedden

Silver Medalist James Duncan MacKenzie

Under 15
1st Kyle Cameron, Ullapool, Scotland
2nd Archie Clark, Glasgow
3rd Eilan Lindsay
4th Fraser Hamilton
Judges: Lewis Barclay, Angus MacDonald

1st Kyle Cameron
2nd Fraser Hamilton
3rd Jake Robertson, Aberdeen, Scotland
4th Calum Dunbar, Inverness, Scotland
Judges: Angus MacDonald, Logan Tannock


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Northern Meeting 2019 Day 1: Connor Sinclair wins Gold Medal, Silver Medal goes to MacKenzie, Liddell takes Silver Star

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Northern Meeting: McCalister Gold Medallist; A. Gandy: Silver Star; McCrindle takes Silver Medal; A-Grade MSR: Beaumont
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Inverness Day 2: Beaumont wins Clasp; Liddell takes big HP&J; MacColl overall champion
August 31, 2018


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  1. I would nearly hide that photo of the organisers and competitors at the Northern meeting. One woman, I assume presenting the prizes, among a load of men. I realise it reflects reality but it is not a good look in 2019.



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