In a year where we were mercilessly battered by bad news day in, day out, the heaviest and cruellest blow for many of us was the tragic death of former Gordon Duncan Experience member Alex Duncan in September at the age of just 26.
Master composer Roddy MacDonald, a long-time friend of the Duncan family, was moved to compose a piobreachd in Alex's memory. Lament For Alex Duncan was presented for the first time at the Glenfiddich Piping Championship in Blair Castle at the end of October, played by John Dew and with Alex's parents, Ian and Chris, in attendance.
John Dew, a recent graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s BMus (Traditional Music – Piping) Degree course, played Roddy S. MacDonald’s Lament for Alex Duncan at this year’s online Glenfiddich Piping Championship held behind closed doors in the Ballroom of Blair Castle.
Roddy composed the tune for Alex Duncan, who died tragically last month from a blood disorder. The 26-year-old piper played with Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band but in his short life he had also played with Coupar Angus Pipe Band, The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, Pitlochry & Blair Atholl, Drambuie Kirkliston, Lothian & Borders Police, Vale of Atholl (Grade 3 and Grade 1), Grampian Police, The Pipers’ Trail, the Scottish Music Parade, the Gordon Duncan Experience and the Atholl Highlanders.