Tal­ent on show at Skye Mod

The Oban Times - - News -

Stan­dards were high at this year’s Skye Pro­vin­cial Mòd, held over four days at Portree High School.

The Mòd kicked off with pip­ing com­pe­ti­tions on Wed­nes­day May 31. The large num­ber of en­trants pro­vided a great evening’s en­ter­tain­ment with a high stan­dard through­out.

On Thurs­day June 1, the Church of Scot­land in Kil­muir hosted a Bi­ble reading and pre­cent­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

Chair­man of Skye Pro­vin­cial Mòd Stu­art Jack­son told the Lochaber Times: ‘The chil­dren pro­vided a great evening of com­pe­ti­tion which was en­joyed by a very knowl­edge­able au­di­ence. The church is a mag­nif­i­cent set­ting for this event and the hos­pi­tal­ity ev­ery­one re­ceived was greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.’

In­stru­men­tal com­pe­ti­tions were held in Portree Pri­mary School on Fri­day June 2 when there were bril­liant per­for­mances on a va­ri­ety of in­stru­ments. The ac­cor­dion, fid­dle, clarsach and pi­ano com­pe­ti­tions were par­tic­u­larly strong, which bodes well for the fu­ture.

On the fi­nal day of the Mòd, Satur­day June 3, events were held in both Portree pri­mary and Portree high school.

Among the ad­ju­di­ca­tors for the day was newly-ap­pointed An Co­munn Gaid­healach pres­i­dent Al­lan Camp­bell who praised the chil­dren, teach­ers, tu­tors and par­ents for the high stan­dard of Gaelic on dis­play.

Mr Jack­son added: ‘The Mòd com­mit­tee is ex­tremely grate­ful for the time and en­ergy ev­ery­one con­trib­utes to in­sure the suc­cess of the event.’

Pho­to­graphs: Jack Ross, P6, Bun Sgoil Sh­lèite.

Left: Class one and two ac­tion song gold win­ners.

Class 3/4/5 win­ners in solo singing were: Ma­rina MacRae, gold, Jes­sica Miller, sil­ver, and Ami MacK­in­non, sil­ver.

Left to right: Emily Mac­Don­ald won joint gold in the ‘reading an un­seen pas­sage’, sil­ver in’ tra­di­tional solo singing’ and bronze for ‘pre­scribed solo singing’. Eubha Chaim­beul won two equal golds in con­ver­sa­tion and reading an un­seen pas­sage, while class­mate Cara­marie MacAl­man took the other shared gold in the reading com­pe­ti­tion, plus a bronze medal for po­etry recita­tion.

Class one and two win­ners left to right: Daisy Ma­hon, solo singing gold, Seon­aidh For­rest, gold for poem recita­tion, Caitlin Cul­bert­son, solo singing sil­ver medal and Daniel Flyn, solo singing gold.

Win­ning Skye Pro­vin­cial Mòd smiles from Maeve MacGil­livray who won sil­ver in the ac­cor­dion com­pe­ti­tion, left, while Erin MacNeill won a joint sil­ver in solo singing.

Bun Sgoil Slèite sis­ters Daisy and Eva Ma­hon both won gold in their re­spec­tive age categories for solo singing.

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