Innes Smith wins Gold at Inverness

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Day one of the Northern Meeting took place yesterday, August 31, at The Eden Court Theatre in Inverness. There were four competitions throughout the day for the Highland Society of London Gold Medal, the Silver Medal, the MSR for A Grade pipers and the Silver Star for former winners of the MSR.

The winner of the Highland Society of London Gold Medal winner was Dr. Innes Smith who has been in the prize lists of top competitions for years with a recent win of the RG Lawrie Ram’s Horn Snuff Mull for the A Piobaireachd competition in London, November 2022. He was also invited to play at the Captain John MacLellan Memorial Recital in 2016.

•From left Iain Speirs, Roddy MacLeod, Greg Wilson, Dr. Innes Smith and Callum Beaumont at the Captain John MacLellan Memorial Recital in 2016. Photo: Derek Maxwell

Matt Pantaleoni from the US won the Silver Medal, Craig Sutherland won the A-Grade MSR and Callum Beaumont won the Silver Star for former winners of the MSR. The full results were as follows:

Highland Society of London Gold Medal

  1. Innes Smith – Sobieski’s Salute
  2. Willie Rowe – Menzies’ Salute
  3. Jamie Forrester – Rout of the Lowland Captain
  4. Derek Midgley – Menzies’ Salute
  5. Sarah Muir – Abercairney’s Salute
    Judges: Patricia Henderson, Dr Angus MacDonald and Malcolm McRae

Silver Medal

  1. Matt Pantaleoni – Fair Honey
  2. Anna Kummerlow – Fair Honey
  3. Cameron May – Lament for Finlay
  4. Bobby Durning – Nameless, Hihorodo tra cherede che
  5. John MacDonald – Weighing from Land
    Judges: Bruce Hitchings, Niall Matheson and Roddy Livingstone

A Grade MSR

  1. Craig Sutherland
  2. Angus J. MacColl
  3. Calum Brown
  4. Derek Midgley
  5. Sean McKeown
    Judges: Bill Wotherspoon, Ian Duncan and Robert Wallace
•Craig Sutherland playing in playing in the Masters Solo Piping competition at Piping Live! 2023.

Silver Star – Former Winners’ MSR

  1. Callum Beaumont
  2. Finlay Johnston
  3. William McCallum
  4. Alex Gandy
  5. Angus D. MacColl
    Judges: Iain MacFadyen, Murray Henderson and Robert Barnes
•Callum Beaumont playing in playing in the Masters Solo Piping competition at Piping Live! 2023.