2013 Livingstone

Held on October 19, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., in the Officer's Mess at the Hamilton Armouries, 200 James St. N., Hamilton.

Since 1977, the Livingstone Invitational has provided the stage for virtuoso musicianship for some of the best solo pipers in the world.

Each of this year's competitors played a 20-minute freestyle performance of their own choosing, with the only requirement being that they play at least one tune composed by Dundas composer Michael Grey.

This year's competitors were:

The event was judged by John Cairns, John MacKenzie, and Michael Grey.

The overall winner was Ben McClamrock. No other results were announced.

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2012 Livingstone

Hamilton, Ontario – October 6, 2012 – Colin Clansey, of Ottawa, Ontario, was named the winner of the 2012 Livingstone Invitational.

Since 1977, the Livingstone Invitational has provided the stage for virtuoso musicianship for some of the best solo pipers in the world. This year’s Livingstone continued that tradition, with seven pipers competing at the event. Each competitor was given 20 – 30 minutes for tuning, playing, and presentation; apart from a requirement that each competitor perform at least two tunes by composers who, at one time, held a Canadian passport, few strictures were imposed on competitors’ performances. Each competitor approached their performance in their own way: some chose to include piobaireachd, while others played only light music; some talked about their tune selections more than others – the audience enjoyed and appreciated the variety and creativity showcased by each competitor.

Only the first-place winner, Colin Clansey, was announced. The other six competitors were P. Andrew Hayes, Ian K. MacDonald, Sean McKeown, Alex Gandy, Michael Grey, and Glenn Brown.

The judges for the event were Bob Worrall, Reay MacKay, and Ed Neigh.

The event was well-attended, by competitors and audience alike, and though the last competitor played well after midnight, the crowd remained engaged. The competition was held in the dining room of the Hamilton Club, where attendees enjoyed spectacular performances by all seven competitors and the oratory skill of emcee Bill Livingstone, Jr.; elsewhere in the splendid venue, the crowd mingled, savoured delectable food and drink, and took in the Club’s considerable art collection.

The Livingstone, organized by the Niagara-Hamilton Branch of the PPBSO, was sponsored by pipes|drums, Bill Livingstone, Alma College, Duncans Highland Supply, Dunaber Music, and the Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band.

Emcee Bill Livingston presents the Livingstone trophy and pipe banner to winner Colin Clansey

All seven competitors at the 2012 Livingstone

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2011 Livingstone

Hamilton, Ontario - May 14, 2011

Judges: Andrew Berthoff, Bill Livingstone


  1. Alex Gandy
  2. James P. Troy
  3. Sean McKeown

L-R: Jamie Troy, Sean McKeown, Alex Gandy, Doug McRae