Glaswegian Roddy Macleod has been titled winner of the Glenfiddich Piping Championship 2011. The finals for the international championship were held on Saturday 29th October at the picturesque Blair Castle in Perthshire.
It was the second year in a row that Scotland has produced a champion piper for the event. Roddy fought off fierce competition from pipers from around the world, including some hopefuls from Canada.
Roddy said: ““I am really delighted to have won, it’s my fourth time as winner so I wasn’t sure if I would ever have the privilege of gaining the trophy again. The Glenfiddich Championship is such a fantastic event and every year the standard just gets higher, so today has been a hugely gratifying and memorable day.”
The competition is considered the ‘Olympics of Piping’ and pits some of the world’s most talented individual pipers against each other. The championship has been running since 1974 and this year was the fourth time Roddy’s won the competition, with previous victories in 2002, 1997 and 1992.
Second and Third place prizes were awarded to Stuart Liddell from Inveraray and Willie McCallum from Bearsden. The majority of finalists were also Scottish, clearly reinstating Scotland’s reputation as home of the bagpipes’ most proficient players.
Peter Gordon, Chairman of William Grant and Sons, commented: “It’s an absolute pleasure to welcome the piping community to Blair Castle for the championships, and this year has been no exception. The standard has been impressively high and we would like to congratulate Roddy Macleod on gaining the extremely worthy title of Glenfiddich Piping Champion 2011.”
The Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship 2011 also takes place at Blair Castle on Sunday 30th October.
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