Piping Live! 2019 started last night with The Silver Chanter, the 53rd annual MacCrimmon Memorial Piobaireachd Competition. The competition was won by Jack Lee of British Columbia, Canada, who played Lament for the Earl of Antrim, It is the first time that Jack Lee has won the competition. He was presented with The Silver Chanter by Eva Bolander, Lord Provost of Glasgow, and Maggie Gordon of the William Grant Foundation.
The Silver Chanter displays the art of Ceòl Mòr, the great music of the Highland bagpipe, and celebrates the legacy of the MacCrimmon dynasty of pipers. Having taken place annually at Dunvegan Castle between 1967 and 2017, the event moved to Glasgow in 2018, and, this year, took place as part of Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival for the first time.
Also competing were Callum Beaumont (Rory MacLoude’s Lament); Jamie Forrester (Lament for Patrick Òg MacCrimmon); Finlay Johnston (The King’s Taxes), Stuart Liddell (Lament for the Children) and 2018 winner, Iain Speirs (Lament for MacLeod of Colbecks). Jim McGillivray was the judge while Dr Roderick MacLeod was fear an tighe.
The competition has received support from William Grant and Sons since its inception and this support is continued through the William Grant Foundation.