Champions to fight it out for traditional music’s ultimate accolade. The world’s finest pipers and fiddle players are tuning up to compete at this year’s Glenfiddich Piping & Fiddle Championships, taking place in the sumptuous Ballroom at Blair Castle in Blair Atholl, Perthshire. This year celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championships on Sunday 1st November. The 36th Glenfiddich Piping Championships will take place the previous day, Saturday 31st October. The Championships are widely regarded as the most prestigious in the piping and fiddle world and those who compete, do so by invitation only. The winners of solo piping and fiddle competitons occurring throughout the year travel from across the globe to compete for the coveted title of champion – which hails them as the best in the world.
Both events were won by Scots in 2008 and it will be interesting to see if both titles will remain on Scottish soil in 2009! A short history of the championships … The Glenfiddich Piping Championships were established 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). The Glenfiddich Fiddle Championships were added in 1989 to reward, encourage and stimulate the art of fiddle playing throughout the world.
The full list of this year’s competitors will be released at the end of September.