SPRINGBANK IN­VI­TA­TIONAL

Campbeltown Courier - - FRONT PAGE -

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-anTighe 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.

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