Roddy MacLeod: 2016 Glenfiddich Champion

10-29-2016

Blair Atholl, Scotland – October 29, 2016 – Roddy MacLeod of Glasgow was the overall winner of the 2016 Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championship, held as always at the Great Hall of Blair Castle. It was MacLeod’s fifth time winning the overall title, after his successes in 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2011.

Roddy MacLeod took the top prize on the weight of winning the piobaireachd, his tenth time taking the event. Willie McCallum won the MSR for his seventh time. MacLeod tied Willie McCallum and Bruce Gandy for aggregate points. It was the third time that Gandy had tied for the overall prize, each time seeing the award go to someone else. McCallum has previously won the overall title a record eight times.

It was the 42nd annual event, sponsored from the beginning by William Grant & Sons Distillers, makers of Glenfiddich brand single malt whiskies, and now supported by the recently formed William Grant Foundation, whose remit is to assist the development of Scottish culture that inspires others.

The Balvenie Medal, awarded by a nomination-selection process, was presented by his longtime pupil Douglas Gardiner to Tom Speirs for services to piping. John Wilson was fear an tighe for the day, and rising-star piper Sarah Muir played a stirring and impressive piping tribute in memory of the late Willie McCallum Sr., an enthusiastic supporter of piping throughout his life. The event was streamed live over the Internet, with donations to the Kintyre Pipers Society accepted from viewers.

Overall
1st Roddy MacLeod
2nd Willie McCallum
3rd Bruce Gandy

Piobaireachd
1st Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow, “Lament for Donald Duaghal Mackay”
2nd Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland, “Lament for the Children”
3rd Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, “Nameless – Cherede Darievea”
4th Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, “Lament for Ronald MacDonald of Morar”
5th Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, “Scarce of Fishing”
Judges: Iain MacFadyen, Willie Morrison, Jack Taylor

March, Strathspey & Reel
1st Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland
2nd Bruce Gandy
3rd Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland
4th Finlay Johnston, Glasgow
5th Iain Speirs
Judges: Ian Duncan, Iain MacLellan, Iain Morrison

Also competing but not in the prizes were Alasdair Henderson, Dunoon, Scotland, and Ian K. MacDonald, Whitby, Ontario.

Taken from https://www.pipesdrums.com/article/roddy-macleod-2016-glenfiddich-champion/

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