Ian K MacDonald, Toronto, is the 2016 Northern Meeting Gold Medallist, so completing a historic double of winning both Gold Medals in the same year. Ian’s tune was Mary’s Praise, the same piece he played to win his other medal at Oban last week.
The first three places in the Gold were the same as Oban. The above picture is of Ian K on stage today at the Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, today. The last person to win the double was Douglas Murray, Fife, in 2014.
The Silver Medal went to young Connor Sinclair of Crieff who went two better than at Oban where he placed third.
Highland Society of London Gold Medal
1 Ian K. MacDonald, Mary’s Praise
2 Sean McKeown, Isabel MacKay
3 Cameron Drummond, Battle of Waternish
4 Andrew Carlisle, Gathering of Clan Chattan
5 Faye Henderson, I Gave a Kiss to the King’s Hand
Judges: I MacFadyen, R MacShannon, J Wilson
Editor Robert Wallace said: ‘Those of us who sat through the whole contest were in no doubt as to who the winner would be. Ian K’s bagpipe will not be bettered in competition at the 2016 Northern Meeting. Sean MacKeown played beautifully too, but his bagpipe was marginally less fulsome than Ian’s and at this level of competition that can make a huge difference.’
1 Connor Sinclair, I Am Proud to Play a Pipe
2 Craig Sutherland
3 Sarah Muir
4 Stuart Easton
5 Alex Gandy
Judges: A Maclean, R Worral, W Wotherspoon
1 Neil Walker
2 Alasdair Henderson
3 Callum Beaumont
4 Craig Sutherland
5 Jenny Hazzard
Judges: B Hitchings, I McLellan, T Speirs
Former Winners’ MSR for the RSPS Silver Star
1 Angus MacColl
2 William McCallum
3 Nial Stewart
4 Stuart Liddell
5 Gordon Walker
Judges: B Donaldson, IM Morrison, I Duncan
Ian Duncan stood in for Walter Cowan who was indisposed with a tummy bug.