25th Anniversary Celebration

chrissie Inverness Gaelic Choir is rounding off the success of this year’s Royal National Mod in Inverness with a special celebration dinner dance to mark 25 years since the choir was re-established in the city.

Fresh from a competitive performance at the Royal National Mod on home turf Coisir Gaidhlig Inbhir Nis is welcoming all present and past members, friends and supporters to a special night of music, stories, food and dancing on 15 November at the Drumossie Hotel.

Choir President Chrissie Cumming says:

“2014 has been an historic year for the choir both at home and further afield and members have made special efforts to ensure all Invernessians can feel proud of the quality of its home choir and the city’s Gaelic music makers. Being part of a choir is very much like being part of a family and over the past twenty five years, like all families we have had our ups and downs. But we have also known and made beautiful music with some wonderful people and loved and lost many great characters and true friends. We want to remember and thank them all for playing their part in this wonderful journey through the Gaelic language and its music that we so love and cherish. We also want to celebrate the musical achievements we have shared over the years to encourage those who will sustain the choir for the next twenty five years.”

This year the choir enjoyed the Royal National Mod in its home city by sharing the Mod’s top music award in the prestigious Lovat and Tullibardine with Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association and in a special solo achievement choir member Angus Macleod won the coveted men’s Gold Medal.

Further afield the choir has had a busy year under Musical Director Mary Ann Kennedy. During the summer the choir travelled hundreds of miles touring and performing her specially commissioned work Aiseag (The Ferry Boat) at London’s South Bank Centre, the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games and at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on Skye. The Aiseag performances were also broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and were the subject of special documentary film by Magnus Graham screened on BBC Alba.

In 2014 the choir also launched an initiative to support learners of the language and promote its use around the city. All members benefited from a funded programme of Gaelic language lessons and Saturday workshops.

Chrissie added:

“The choir always welcomes new and returning members who are enthused by the exciting new projects and the prospect of continued musical success at the Royal National Mod in Oban next October. Under our Gaelic adviser Janet MacGregor we can provide support and encouragement to non-Gaelic speakers to participate fully in the joy of learning and performing our wonderful Gaelic songs.”

The 25th Anniversary Dinner Dance will have well known Gaelic personality Ryno Morrison as guest speaker and the Cast Ewe Ceilidh band will provide the music. Tickets priced £30 are available from Choir members or by emailing invernessgaelicchoir@gmail.com

The choir will be holding its AGM on Wednesday 3rd December at 7pm at the British Legion.

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