This year at Fèis Rois nan Deugairean there is a very special opportunity for a pupil who chooses Gaelic Song as their main workshop. One bursary funded place will be awarded on the residential course taking place this October in memory of Maggie Macdonald, Fèis Rois Board Member and much loved member of Inverness Gaelic Choir.
Applicants are invited to write up to 200 words on why they deserve the free place and how they think it will help them develop as a singer before Monday 18th September and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fèis Rois nan Deugairean is for secondary school pupils and takes place in Ullapool from 9th-13th October. Bookings are open now at feisrois.org. If the winner has already signed up to come along, then their course fee will be refunded and covered by the bursary.
Some well-insulated members of the choir have completed an amazing twenty-six hour journey to compete in the final of Liet International, the European songwriting competition for minority languages. The final is being held in Kautokeino, a town in the north of Norway, Home to the Sámi people.
The song which they will perform, ‘Grioglachan’ (Constellation) was written by Mary Ann Kennedy and Marcas Mac an Tuairneir as a celebration of the life of Maggie Macdonald, a much loved member of the Choir. Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the Inverness Common Good fund generously contributed to make the trip possible.
Here are some of our performances from the Lovat and Tullibardine Shield and the Puirt competition. Our own choice was ‘Ainneamhag’ written by Maighstir Marcas Mac an Tuairneir and arranged by Mary Ann Kennedy:
The puirt this year was arranged by Sileas Sinclair – we loved it 🙂
The set piece in the L&T was the beautiful love song ‘Tiondaidh am bàt’