Audiences and judges blown away by Gaels
THE ROYAL National Mòd in Stornoway was a resounding success - not only for everyone who took part in competitions but also for those who enjoyed the friendships and forged alliances between Gaelic speakers across the globe.
Dingwall Gaelic Choir lifted the Lovat and Tullibardine Shield – a prized possession for any chorister but among the strong competition from this year’s choirs – in particular, from a much talked about arrangement from Oban Gaelic Choir
Lochaber Gaelic Choir gave a stunning performance in the Margrat Duncan Memorial Trophy competition and subsequently were rewarded with a well- deserved first place. Second were Portree Gaelic Choir.
Mull Gaelic Choir had a good outing in all competitions, winning the John Lockie Trophy for the highest marks in Gaelic in three competitions (A303, A305 and A306). Many of their solo choristers also had exceptional performances. Barra Gaelic Choir, conducted by former Oban woman Lisa MacNeil, won the Lorn Shield along with the Mrs C MacDonald Silver Baton for conductor of the winning choir and the Captain Angus Steward Trophy for highest marks in music.
Islay, which deserves a special mention, chartered three flights between Islay and Stornoway and brought the largest con- tingent of choirs from off the island. Organisers’ determination paid off with performances for Prince Charles, Lord of the Isles, and winning trophies in the junior, senior and adult singing competitions.
Carol MacLean from Tobermory and Hector Mackechnie from Savary, Lochaline, celebrate their huge achievement in winning the Gold Medals at the Royal National Mòd.