This year’s finalists for the prestigious Glenfiddich Fiddle Championships have been revealed.
The eight musicians will be vying for what is renowned as one of the top accolades in its musical field, with competitors exclusively invited to compete following successes in recent competitions.
The Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship takes place over the same weekend as the Glenfiddich Piping Championship, located in the historic great hall at Blair Castle in Blair Atholl, Perthshire on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October
This year’s finalists are:
- Maggie Adamson, Shetland
- Barbara Anderson, Huntly
- Ronald Jappy, Findochty/Glasgow
- Graham Mackensie, Inverness
- Anne Nichol, Insch
- Erin Smith, Aberdeen
- Ian Robertson, Buckinghamshire
- Frank Rochford, Campbeltown
The Glenfiddich Fiddle Championships were established in 1989 to reward, encourage and stimulate the art of fiddle playing throughout the world. Their introduction came after the already established Glenfiddich Piping Championships, which began in 1974 to inspire and encourage the world’s finest individual pipers.
Peter Gordon, chairman of William Grant and Sons Limited, said: "We have been thrilled to see the fiddle competition going from strength to strength, and recently witnessed a real resurgence in interest in the instrument amongst the younger generation.
"The standard of finalists this year is exceptionally high, and we look forward to welcoming our competitors to Blair Castle this October."
The Glenfiddich Piping Championship finalists will be announced at the beginning of October.