Piper Iain Speirs scoops world’s top prize

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A SOLO piper from Edinburgh has been crowned champion at the world’s

most prestigious competition in the field.

Iain Speirs won the 40th Glenfiddich Piping Championships last night -

the second year in a row that he has claimed the honour.

His rendition of Colin Roy Mackenzie and a strong performance in the

March, Strathspey and Reel sealed the triumph.

The Glenfiddich championship is contested by the world’s ten best solo

pipers each year, with the musicians gathering to perform at Blair

Castle in Perthshire.

The victory came in Mr Speirs’ 10th appearance at the event,

continuing the long piping tradition in his family. His father. Tom,

was a champion piper while his grandfather was also Pipe Major in the

London Scottish and the Johnnie Walker’s Pipe Band.

Mr Speirs won the overall title on the back of his first place in the

piobaireachd - the classical music of the bagpipe.

The discipline is widely regarded as the highest form of the art among

solo pipers.

Mr Speirs said: “You know that you will be up against the world’s best

and whatever the outcome, there is always going to be only a whisker

that separates each and every one of us competing for first place.

“It’s therefore both an honour and privilege to simply just be on this

stage competing with the best of the best and winning has been the

icing on the cake.”

Mr Speirs lives in Edinburgh with his wife, Susanne, and two children.

He works as head of marketing at investment company Kames Capital.