Au­di­ences and judges blown away by Gaels

The Oban Times - - Review of the Year -

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.

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