Pantaleoni wins Braemar Gold Medal

Matt Pantaleoni

Matt Pantaleoni, pictured right, of St. Louis, Missouri, USA today won the Braemar Gold Medal for piobaireachd. His winning tune was The Vaunting.

Pipe Major Ben Duncan was the overall winner.

The annual Braemar Gathering is Scotland’s most visited highland games – the crowd numbered around 15,000 today – with Her Majesty the Queen and her Royal party visiting annually. Indeed, the Queen is patron of the games, which takes place a short distance from her summer residence at Balmoral.

Today’s games began cool but by the afternoon it was sunny and warm mostly.

Ceòl Mòr – 1. Matt Pantaleoni, pictured right (The Vaunting); 2. Pipe Major Ben Duncan (Lament for MacSwan of Roaig); 3. Anna Kummerlöw (The Bicker); 4. Greig Canning (MacKay’s Banner); 5. James McHattie (Old Men of the Shells); 6. Craig Sutherland (Lament for Donald of Laggan).
Judges: Malcolm McRae, Robert Wallace and Duncan Watson.

March – 1. Craig Sutherland; 2. Pipe Major Ben Duncan; 3. Ursa Beckford; 4. Callum Brown; 5. James Duncan MacKenzie; 6. John Dew.

Strathspey & Reel – 1. Pipe Major Ben Duncan; 2. James Duncan MacKenzie; 3. John Dew; 4. Craig Sutherland; 5. Callum Brown; 6. Jamie Elder.
Judges: Ian Duncan, Patricia Henderson and Stuart Samson.