Stuart Liddell

Stuart Liddell (born 12 January 1973) is a Scottish bagpipe player. As well as competing in solo competitions, he is the Pipe major of the Inveraray and District Pipe Band.

Stuart Liddell
Born (1973-01-12) January 12, 1973 (age 48)
OriginInveraray, Scotland
Occupation(s)Piano Tuner
InstrumentsBagpipes
Websitewww.stuartliddell.com

Early lifeEdit

He was born in Oban on 12 January 1973 and spent his early years in Inveroran, near Bridge of Orchy. His father Billy was an accomplished musician, as is his mother Agnes, and his grandfather was Ronnie McCallum, piper to the Duke of Argyll and a prominent piping tutor. At the age of four the family moved to Moffat in Dumfriesshire where Stuart went to school. The family moved to Inveraray, his mother's home town, in 1983.[1]

Band historyEdit

 
Liddell (centre) playing with Simon Fraser University

For ten years (1998–2008), he played with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band in Burnaby, British Columbia.[2] With the SFU Pipe band he won three World Pipe Band Championship titles, in 1999, 2001, and 2008.[3] Before joining the SFU Pipe Band, he played with ScottishPower Pipe Band.

Liddell lives in Inveraray and is Pipe major of the Grade 1 Inveraray & District Pipe Band, which he founded in 2003.

Stuart Liddell has won the World Pipe Band Championships as Pipe major of Inveraray & District Pipe Band in 2017 and 2019.

Solo PrizesEdit

Liddell has won many of the top awards in solo piping, including the Gold Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering (2000), the Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting (2004),[4] the former winner's Clasp at the Northern Meeting (2007 & 2009),[5] the Bratach Gorm at the Scottish Piping Society of London (2009) and

He has twice won the Glenfiddich Piping Championship, first in 2009[6][7] and again in 2014.[8]

He is known for his fast playing and innovative arrangements of piping standards.

RecordingsEdit

In 2007, Liddell released his first solo recording, Inveroran. He has also appeared on several recordings of Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, with solo tracks on many discs, including:

  • 1997 Piping Centre Recital Series Vol.2
  • Scottish Power Pipe Band – Tartan Weave
  • Simon Fraser University Pipe Band – Live at Carnegie Hall
  • Simon Fraser University Pipe Band - Down Under
  • Awesome Pipers - 2004
  • Simon Fraser University Pipe Band – On Home Ground
  • Inveroran

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.pipesdrums.com/article/stuart-liddell-the-pipesdrums-interview-part-1/
  2. ^ "Entertainment: SFU Pipe Band makes its annual call to Vernon". The Morning Star. 3 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Pipe Band History and Accolades". Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. April 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Andrew's Tips: Gold Medal Winners". BagpipeJourney. Retrieved 26 July 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Northern Meeting Winners". The Northern Meeting. Retrieved 26 July 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Music review: Glenfiddich Piping Championship". The Scotsman. 2 November 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Piper lifts 'ultimate accolade'". BBC News. 1 November 2009.
  8. ^ "Glenfiddich piping and fiddle champions crowned". BBC News. 26 October 2014.