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22nd October 2007
Aberfeldy Impresses at the National Mod
Aberfeldy & District Gaelic Choir achieved a commendable 4th place in the Puirt a Beul Competition at the Royal National Mod in Fort William on Friday 19th October. Competing against 13 other top Gaelic choirs, the Aberfeldy Choir was just 4 points behind the winning Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association, with Dingwall in 2nd place and Inverness coming in third.
The winning Glasgow choir also went home with the coveted Lovat & Tullibardine trophy, with Aberfeldy placed a very commendable 6th out of 12 entrants in that competition.
“We are thrilled with the results of both competitions,” said Lou Oppenheim, President of Aberfeldy & District Gaelic Choir. “Six weeks ago it was touch and go whether we’d even get to the National Mod, as we were down to just 2 basses and 3 tenors, and then our conductor Frances McCallum left the area…but the wonderful Isobel Rutter from Glasgow stepped into the breach, and she is so gifted and inspiring – she conducted us at the Lochgilphead Mod, which we won, and the Lochaber results show we’re back up there with the ‘big guns’ – it’s fantastic!”
Lou added that the Gaelic marks awarded by the Lochaber judges were very high, and said that was down to sheer hard work from the choir members and their Gaelic tutor, Seonag Barbour.
Aberfeldy's quartet Fuaimeach also achieved a very satisfactory result against some formidable competition in the Quartet class. Of the eight competitors, not one scored any less than 90 marks; Fuaimeach were awarded 93 and 92, with the winners Boireannaich Alainn scoring an unprecedented 95 and 94. The adjudicators remarked that never in their careers had they judged a competition of such high standard.