On the 24th of October 2015, Roddy MacLeod was placed 3rd overall at the 2015 Glenfiddich Championships with a 2nd place in the MSR and 3rd place in the Piobaireachd. Congratulations to Angus MacColl who was Overall winner and to Stuart Liddell who was runner-up.
On the 31st of October 2015, Roddy MacLeod won his 7th Bratach Gorm and 8th Overall London Championship. These prizes were won by Roddy using the RJM Solo Chanter.
Since launching my RJM Solo and Band chanters a couple of years ago there has been a fantastic response with much positive comment. However, when you receive constructive comments for possible improvements it is important to listen. One such comment I have had was about the spacing between the Low A and B hole on the solo chanter with some people finding it a bit of a stretch.
I have taken that on board and now made some small modifications to the chanter which have eradicated the spacing issue making the chanter very comfortable to play, even for those with smaller hands. I am delighted with the result!
So far, I have received 100% approval from those who have tried regarding the comfort of the chanter now.
I have also recently launched a B flat chanter which will shortly be available from this website
Roddy MacLeod won the Piping Live! Masters competition on the 10th of August. Roddy won on a Piobaireachd preference winning 1st prize in that event with the tune “The Earl of Ross’s March”. This tune can be downloaded from this site.
On Wednesday 12th August 2015 I will be launching my new B flat Ensemble chanter as part of an RJM chanters showcase event at Piping Live! Street Cafe@2.00pm. Will be showcasing all 3 chanters – solo, band and Ensemble chanters. Performances from a quartet of The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and solo spots from Calum Iain Brown and Callum Watson. Finlay Macdonald and Matt MacIsaac will play the new B flat chanter with guest musicians.
Congratulations to Decker Forrest who won the Silver Medal at the 2014 Argyllshire Gathering. Decker played “Macleod of Raasay’s Salute”. Decker said he had lots of nice comments from various folk on the good sound of his bagpipe and his new RJM chanter.
The Piobaireachd “Lament for the Iolaire” composed by Donald MacLeod has now been added to the Tunes Section. This recording is Roddy MacLeod’s winning performance of the Piobaireachd section at the Pipe Major Donald MacLeod MBE Memorial Competition held in Stornoway in April 2014. The tune was played on an RJM Solo chanter.
Duncan Johnstone’s composition “Lament for Alan My Son” has been added to the Tunes section of the website. This tune is one of the greatest 20th Century Piobaireachd compositions and the score can be found in Duncan Johnstone’s”His Complete Compositions” as well as Pipe Major Angus MacDonald MBE’s Collection Volume 2.
Roddy MacLeod won the Annual Clan Donald Quaich invitational competition held at the Clan Donald Centre in Skye on the 6th of June. His tune, played on an RJM Solo Chanter, was “The Pipers Warning to His Master” . The other competitors were Stuart Liddell, Angus MacColl, Willie McCallum and Iain Speirs.