Willie tunes up for a world title battle

willie mccallum glenfiddich piping championship hand in
willie mccallum glenfiddich piping championship hand in

BEARSDEN piper Willie McCallum has been shortlisted for this year’s world renowned Glenfiddich Piping Championship.

The musician (51) is one of only 10 pipers to reach the finals of the competition, now in its 38th year, which has drawn pipers from as far afield as Vancouver and Ontario.

A former accountant at Strathclyde University who is now a full time musician, Willie will be hoping to improve his overall third place last year. In the piobaireachd section the married father of two was second, with a fifth place in the March Strathspey Reel. In total the gifted musician has won the event an incredible nine times and was runner up in 2009.

Among this year’s finalists are defending champion Angus MacColl of Benderloch, Oban, Jack Lee of Vancouver, and Iain K MacDonald of Ontario. All of the pipers have been exclusively selected to compete following successes in recent high-profile competitions.

Pleasure

The Glenfiddich Piping Championship takes place over the same weekend as the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship in the atmospheric Blair Castle in Blair Atholl, Perthshire, on Saturday October 29.

Peter Gordon, chairman of sponsors William Grant and Sons Limited, said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to welcome our piping finalists to this year’s competition, and we are looking forward to hearing each of them compete in the historic castle hall.

“This year we have attracted competitors from abroad and within Scotland, testament to piping’s continued worldwide popularity. It’s an honour for us to provide a platform for showcasing such musical talent each year.”

The Glenfiddich Piping Championship was established in 1974 to inspire and stimulate the world’s finest individual pipers.