We are delighted that our Chieftain for 2016 will be Stuart Cassells, General Manager at The Famous Grouse Experience in Crieff and founder & musical director of the world famous ‘Bagrock’ band The Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
Stuart has impressive credentials as a piper. As well as being a regular competitor at Perth Games in the past, he was a winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician and was the first graduate from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with an honours degree in Bagpipes. Stuart’s music has been used in a Harry Potter film and Sky Sports Football coverage. He founded The Red Hot Chilli Pipers in 2002 and fronted the band for ten years, selling over half a million CDs and playing to packed out venues worldwide.
We are especially pleased that Stuart has accepted its invitation to be Chieftain, because The Famous Grouse Experience is a long standing supporter and main sponsor of the Games, as well as being a mainstay of the Perthshire economy. Winner of the ASVA Best Visitor Experience and Icons of Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year in 2015, The Famous Grouse Experience is Scotland’s ‘must visit’ whisky visitor attraction.
Stuart says “I’m very honoured to be the chieftain at this year’s Perth Highland Games. In my youth, I competed regularly at Perth Highland Games in the piping and pipe band competitions with some success, so it’s a privilege to be invited to return as this year’s Chieftain. The Highland Games is a fantastic family event that can be enjoyed by all and an important cultural event that Scotland owns and takes Scottish culture worldwide.”