Glenfiddich Piping and Fiddle Championships
The Glenfiddich Piping and Fiddle Championships are musical competitions for the bagpipes and fiddle. Both competitions take place annually in late autumn, at the ballroom of Blair Castle at Blair Atholl in Perthshire, Scotland. Entry to each championship is by invitation only, to those who have won various recognised major UK solo competitions held throughout the year.
The Glenfiddich Piping Championship
The Glenfiddich Piping Championship was established in 1974 to inspire and stimulate individual pipers, and to seek the best overall exponents of the Ceòl Mór or piobaireachd (the great music) and Ceòl Beag (the little music).
Ten of the leading pipers in the world, all of whom will have won important awards since the previous October, are invited. Each of them submits a list of six piobaireachd, and is required to play one of them. They also submit lists of six marches, strathspeys and reels, and play one of each, twice through.
There are prizes in each discipline, and an overall championship prize.
The Glenfiddich Piping Championship 2012 was won by Iain Speirs of Edinburgh.
Other 2012 finalists included returning champion Roddy MacLeod M.B.E. of Glasgow, Callum Beaumont of Bo'ness, Murray Henderson from Kirriemuir, Finlay Johnston from Glasgow, William McCallum from Bearsden, Stuart Liddell of Inveraray, Euan MacCrimmon of Isle of Skye, Gordon Walker of Ayr and Canadian-based piper Jack Lee from Surrey, a suburb of Vancouver.
Previous Glenfiddich Piping Championship Winners from the last 21 years:
- 2018 Finlay Johnston
- 2017 Jack Lee, Canada - 2nd Win
- 2016 Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow - 5th Win, record-breaking 10th Piobaireachd win
- 2015 Angus MacColl, Benderloch - 4th Win
- 2014 Stuart Liddell, Inveraray- 2nd Win
- 2013 Iain Speirs, Edinburgh - 2nd Win
- 2012 Iain Speirs, Edinburgh
- 2011 Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow - 4th Win
- 2010 Angus MacColl, Benderloch - 3rd Win
- 2009 Stuart Liddell, Inveraray
- 2008 Gordon Walker, Galston - 2nd Win
- 2007 Gordon Walker, Galston
- 2006 Angus MacColl, Benderloch - 2nd Win
- 2005 Willie McCallum, Glasgow - 8th Win
- 2004 Willie McCallum, Glasgow - 7th Win
- 2003 Jack Lee, Canada - 1st piper from North America to win
- 2002 Roddy MacLeod, Cumbernauld - 3rd Win
- 2001 William McCallum, Glasgow - 6th Win
- 2000 William McCallum, Glasgow - 5th Win
- 1999 William McCallum, Glasgow - 4th Win
- 1998 Alasdair Gillies, Pittsburgh - 3rd Win
- 1997 Roderick J. MacLeod, Cumbernauld - 2nd Win
- 1996 PM Alasdair Gillies, Pittsburgh - 2nd Win
- 1995 Angus MacColl, Oban
- 1994 William McCallum, Glasgow - 3rd Win
- 1993 William McCallum, Glasgow - 2nd Win
- 1992 Roderick J. MacLeod, Cumbernauld
- 1991 PS Alasdair Gillies, Queen's Own Highlanders
- 1990 William McCallum, Glasgow
The Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship
The Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship was added in 1989 to the existing Glenfiddich Piping Championships – to reward, encourage and perpetuate the art of fiddle playing throughout the world.
Eight finalists are hand selected to compete following successes throughout the year, with each finalist giving a recital incorporating all the various styles of composition including a set of tunes by a specific composer – a new composer is chosen annually.
The Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship 2015 was won by George Davidson of Tarves in Aberdeenshire. Second place went to Maggie Adamson of Fladdabister, Shetland, and third place went to Mari Black of Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship 2014 was won by Mari Black of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Second place went to George Davidson of Tarves in Aberdeenshire, and third place went to Maura Shawn Scanlin of Boone, North Carolina, USA.
Glenfiddich Fiddle Championships winners:
- 2015 George Davidson
- 2014 Mari Black
- 2013 Maura Shawn Scanlin
- 2012 Maggie Adamson
- 2011 Maggie Adamson
- 2010 Nicola Auchnie
- 2009 Rebecca Lomnicky
- 2008 Raemond Jappy
- 2007 Calum Pasqua
- 2006 Gemma Donald
- 2005 Sarah Naylor
- 2004 Ross Thomson
- 2003 Stephen Cordiner
- 2002 Ruaridh Campbell
- 2001 Gillian Risi
- 2000 Gillian Risi
- 1999 Patsy Reid
- 1998 Patsy Reid
- 1997 Russell Kostulin
- 1996 Russell Kostulin
- 1995 Paul Anderson
- 1994 Keith Anderson
- 1993 Kathryn Nicoll
- 1992 Maureen Turnbull
- 1991 Maureen Turnbull
- 1990 Maureen Turnbull
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