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22nd September 2008
Lochgilphead Mod 2008
Competition was stiff, with six choirs entered for both sections. Choir conductor Isobel Rutter, who travels from Glasgow to Aberfeldy for choir practices each week, was delighted with her choir’s performance:
"Just two weeks ago, I was sure we would either have to withdraw from the competition, or find another song, and there we were yesterday – coming second to one of the best Gaelic choirs in the world! It might sound daft, but if they hadn’t been there, we'd have won again.
"What a team we are – not ONE native Gaelic speaker amongst us on the day: our only Gael Mary is in hospital, one of our key singers (May Brown) was unable to join us, and no Gaelic tutor (Seonag Barbour) available on Saturday to fix the wee last minute mistakes – and yet we achieved second place up against some truly excellent choral singing."
Choir member Gilliain MacDonald enjoyed success in Lochgilphead, winning a first and a third place in her solo competitions, as well as winning the Town Council Trophy for highest aggregate mark in music and Gaelic, and being awarded The Caithness Glass Bowl for the most expressive performance. “The standard of the competitions was so high,” said Gilliain. “I’m thrilled with my success – and very honoured to receive the Town Council trophy for the second year running.”
Choir bass Brian Owen also did well, winning his solo singing of “Cladaich Loch Iu”, which qualifies him to sing in this year’s National Mod.
The next three weeks will be spent rehearsing for the Royal National Mod in Falkirk, competing on Friday 17th October.
The Choir is hoping to recruit more members over the next few months, particularly basses and tenors. Anyone interested in joining should contact Choir Secretary Gilliain MacDonald.