Stòras brings riches from Argyll

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

Oban Gaelic Choir will take its au­di­ence on a mu­si­cal tour with songs com­posed over sev­eral cen­turies but with one thing in com­mon, they all orig­i­nate in Argyll.

Stòras has been sev­eral years in the prepa­ra­tion by con­duc­tor of 14 years, mu­si­cian and com­poser Sileas Sin­clair.

Re­flect­ing on how the idea for the con­cert has de­vel­oped, Sileas said: ‘Argyll has such a long and rich tra­di­tion of mu­sic and singing that it seemed like the per­fect project for Oban Gaelic Choir to bring to­gether a reper­toire of these songs in a sin­gle per­for­mance, in or­der to cel­e­brate our lo­cal Bàr­dachd and hope­fully bring it to a new au­di­ence.’

To this end, 10 tra­di­tional lo­cally- com­posed songs have been spe­cially ar­ranged by Sileas for four part choir per­for­mance, with many hav­ing been per­formed by the choir at mòds in re­cent years at both lo­cal and na­tional level.

Sileas’s ar­range­ments, full of beau­ti­ful cho­ral har­monies and lively rhythms, put the work of Argyll’s gaelic Bards in a mod­ern set­ting, while let­ting their tra­di­tional ori­gins shine through.

The Stòras (Gaelic: ‘ Riches’) reper­toire cov­ers a wide range of forms and emo­tions, from the ador­ing love of A’ Dhòmh­naill nan Dòmh­nall to the poignant and ut­terly lovelorn Gur tu mo Bhean Chomain; from the in­di­vid­ual tragedy of Maighdean Loch nan Eala, to the wider laments for lost com­mu­nity of Cumha Cru­achainn and Taobh Loch Obha; and from the rous­ing bat­tle- song Oran do Bhona­parte to the haunt­ing pi­obaireachd-based Colla mo Rùn, the Piper’s Warn­ing to his Mas­ter. In­ter­spersed with these var­ied pieces are a sprin­kling of up-tempo Puirt-a-Beul and Waulk­ing songs, and a range of in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances by some of the choir’s tal­ented soloists.

Stòras prom­ises to be an even­ing to re­mem­ber, as well as the per­fect an­ti­dote to elec­tion fa­tigue.

Oban Gaelic Choir’s show­case ‘Stòras’ con­cert takes place next Thurs­day (June 8), in the Cor­ran Halls.

Con­ducted by Sileas Sin­clair, and ac­com­pa­nied by lo­cal mu­si­cians Fin­lay Wells, Archie MacAl­lis­ter, Lorne MacDougall and An­gus MacColl,

The con­cert be­gins at 7.30pm; tick­ets £10, £ 8, £ 5 from Oban Mu­sic or choir mem­bers, or on the door.

There is also a grand raf­fle, to be drawn at the con­cert – tick­ets £1 from choir mem­bers or on sale at the con­cert.

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