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Monday, November 1st, 2010

Glenfiddich piping and fiddle champions revealed

Nicola Auchnie was crowned winner of one of Scotland’s most prestigious music prizes, the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship, this weekend, with Angus MacColl triumphing in the Glenfiddich Piping Championship.

The two events took place at historic Blair Castle in Perthshire at the weekend, with the piping championship on the Saturday and the fiddle championship yesterday.

The fiddle championship, which celebrated its 21st anniversary this year, plucks its contestants from elite competitors. (As does the piping championship.)  All eight finalists were hand selected to compete following successes throughout the year.

Nicola, winner of this year’s fiddle championships said: “I’m overwhelmed to have won this year’s fiddle competition – even just to compete with so many great young musicians makes it a fantastic day.

“The Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship trophy is no doubt the most coveted of its kind and as we’ve seen is even known internationally, so it’s a fantastic honour to have won this year.”

Peter Gordon, chairman of William Grant and Sons Limited, said: “It’s been another great year for the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship and we have been delighted to see such great fiddle talent this year and every year.

“The competition continues to go from strength to strength and we are seeing a growth in popularity with visitors making the journey here from as far as Hawaii and Canada. We thank all our competitors, and also our support from visitors, for making it another memorable year.”

The fiddle competition brought a weekend of traditional music at Blair Castle, Perthshire, to a close, following the Glenfiddich Piping Championships yesterday.  Angus MacColl, from Benderloch, Oban won the prestigious piping title, after successfully impressing the judges in a day of competitive musical heats.

The Glenfiddich Fiddle Championships were established in 1989 to reward, encourage and stimulate the art of fiddle playing throughout the world.  Their introduction came after the already established and successful Glenfiddich Piping Championships which began in 1974 to inspire and stimulate the world’s finest individual pipers, and to seek the best overall exponents of the legendary ceol mor or piobaireachd (the great music) and ceol beag (the little music).

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