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Andrew's Tips: Balvenie MedalBy Andrew T. Lenz, Jr., Santa Cruz, California, ©2010-20912
The Balvenie Medal was first offered in 1985, as an outgrowth of the annual Glenfiddich Piping Championships which was founded in 1974. (The Glenfiddich is considered almost unanimously as the world solo bagpiping championship.)
The Balvenie Medal is not a competition medal, but an award presented to recognize "services to piping"—bagpiper or not. A nomination from the public is made in writing to Wm Grant & Sons, and the award is presented to someone selected from those nominated by the public. If you know someone who you feel has given a lot of themselves for the benefit of piping, even you can write in with your suggestion.
Recipients of the Balvenie Medal
*Blair Castle, where the Glenfiddich Championship is held, is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. Nevertheless, George Murray was a adent supporter of bagpipes.
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