The Glenfiddich Champion for 2021 is Jack Lee. He was placed second in ceòl mòr and third in light music to take the overall title. Runner-up overall was Angus MacColl and third Finlay Johnston.
The ‘live’ competition was held today in Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Perthshire. It was also livestreamed for viewers around the world.
1 Finlay Johnston, Lament for the Union
2 Jack Lee, Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie
3 Angus MacColl, Unjust Incarceration
4 Callum Beaumont, Daughter’s Lament
5 Iain Speirs, Scarce of Fishing
1 William McCallum, Mrs Duncan MacFadyen, Susan MacLeod, John MacKechnie
2 Angus MacColl, MacLean of Pennycross, Ewe wi’ the Crookit Horn, Alick C. MacGregor
3 Jack Lee, Abercairney Highlanders, Caledonian Society of London, Mrs MacPherson of Inveran
4 Iain Speirs, P/M J McWilliams, Top of Craigvenow, Traditional
5 Roderick MacLeod, Marchioness of Tulliebardine, Piper’s Bonnet, Grey Bob
The ten invitees list this year was based on pipers who had had a successful track record at the competition, plus the current champion Stuart Liddell and the winner of the Piping Live Masters contest, Callum Beaumont. Others were: Glenn Brown, Finlay Johnston, Jack Lee, Angus MacColl, Roderick MacLeod, William McCallum, Connor Sinclair and Iain Speirs.
The judges were:
Piobaireachd: S Samson, J Taylor, J Wilson
March, Strathspey and Reel: I Duncan, I MacFadyen, W Morrison
The Balvenie Medal for Services to Piping: John Wilson