An octet of the world’s best pipers will have tuned up for tomorrow’s 18th Springbank Invitational.
At the Kintyre Piping Society (KPS) event, from 10am, in the Seafield hotel, they will be trying to impress the competition’s three judges and a Fear-an-Tighe said to be second to none.
The pipers will again be competing for the the McFadyens Transport Limited trophy for 6/8 Mach by local composers.
In his introductory notes KPS president John Lang Brown said: ‘We are delighted with the continuing involvement of Springbank distillery, as our main sponsor and are highly indebted to them and their managing director Hedley Wright.
‘Thanks also for the help we receive from all our other sponsors and supporters.
‘We are delighted that Mrs McFadyen and distillery manager Findlay Ross will present the prizes at the competition’s close.’
Entry into the competition is at the discretion of the KPS committee and each competitor sumits six tunes for Piobaireachd, four tunes, each of their own choice for March, Strathspey and Reel and two tunes for hornpipe and jig and 6/8 March for local composers.
This year’s pipers are: William McCallum, Roderick J MacLeod MBE, Angus MacColl, Iain Spiers, Callum Beaumont, Alasdair Henderson, Gordon McCready and Glenn Brown.
They will be judged by: PM Iain Morrison, Iain McFadyen and Commander John Wilson. The Fear-an-Tighe is Alan Forbes.
Willie McCallum has appeared in every Springbank Invitational since its inception and has won the overall prize nine times.
Roddy MacLeod was appointed MBE in 2003 and has won all piping’s major prizes.
Angus MacColl was young piper of the year 1986, teaches piping in Oban schools and set up the Oban High School Pipe Band in 2006.
Iain Spiers was taught to play by Jack D. Crichton, his father Tom, himself a gold medallist and his grandfather Jock, pipe major of the London Scottish and Johnnie Walker pipe bands.
Callum Beaumont took up the chanter aged seven. At 12-years-old he joined the Grade one Lothian and Borders police band and has won three world championships.
Alasdair Henderson, from Dunoon, has taught at piping schools across Europe, USA and Canada and is much demand as a recitalist.
Gordon McCready is a Police Scotland detective and was three times winner of the World pipe band championships with the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band.
Piping is in Canadian Glenn Brown’s blood and he still lists his mother Gail Brown, who taught him, as one of his favourite pipers. One of his biggest role models is Willie McCallum with whom he has been taking lessons since 2001.
Entry is £10 for adults and free for under 18s.
2016 winner Willie McCallum.