The winner of the MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd for 2021 is Brodie Watson-Massey, Edinburgh. His tune was Lachlan MacNeill Campbell of Kintarbert’s Fancy. He receives the College of Piping Trophy and £100.
The competition is one of the most prestigious for young pipers in world piping. It is promoted by the Highland Society of London and run by the Argyllshire Gathering.
The other places:
2 Cameron May, Lesmahagow, Lament for Captain MacDougall, £75
3 Alistair Bevan, British Columbia, The Groat, £50
4 Hamish Drennan, Drumnadrochit, Battle of the Pass of Crieff, £40
Brodie Watson-Massey is pictured above (right) with third placed Alistair Bevan. This picture was taken at the 2018 Bratach Gorm in London.
Second placed Cameron May is pictured below.
The MacGregor winner is usually given entry into the Silver Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering the following year.
Judging for the final was completed last weekend. This is the second year in which it has taken place by video submission.
Piobaireachd Society Recital
Twenty-seven young pipers aged under 22 entered. Eight made it to the final. In addition to the above, those who qualified in a very tough, four-tune competition were:
Bobby Allen, Chryston, Lament for the Viscount of Dundee
Callum Bevan, Abbotsford, British Columbia – MacLeod’s Salute
Luke Kennedy, Strathaven, Lady MacDonald’s Lament
Anna Smart, Auchtermuchty, Lament for the Iolaire
Recordings of the finalists’ successful tunes can be heard on the Argyllshire Gathering website here. The prize-winning performances will follow shortly.
The final was judged by Murray Henderson and Dr Angus MacDonald.
Both said they thoroughly enjoyed judging the competition and that there were excellent performances.