Published: 28/03/2014 00:01 - Updated: 26/03/2014 15:39

Choir's gold medal stars to shine

The five Mod gold medallists who will sing both solo and unite for one song in the concert. From left – Jean Mackay, Kirsteen Menzies, Steven MacIver, Alison Rapson and Kerrie Finley. Picture: Ian Rhind
The five Mod gold medallists who will sing both solo and unite for one song in the concert. From left – Jean Mackay, Kirsteen Menzies, Steven MacIver, Alison Rapson and Kerrie Finley. Picture: Ian Rhind

WITH five Mod gold medallists among its members, Dingwall Gaelic Choir is showcasing their talents but also adding special guests for their Strathpeffer Pavilion concert tomorrow (Friday) – one of a series marking the group’s 60th anniversary this year.

Guests include 2013 Mod Gold medallist Robert Robertson, the Inver-Ross Accordion & Fiddle Club, prize-winning folk group Mo Chreach, the Ross-shire Junior Gaelic Choir and champion piper Ashleigh Bell.

And the choir has also chosen the night to launch its new CD, Cabar Feidh – their second.

The choir formed back in 1954 with just 20 members – now there are around 40.

At their first Mod a year later, they won the Margaret Duncan Memorial Trophy, presented to conductor James Curr by the late Queen Mother.

Dingwall Gaelic Choir with conductor Kirsteen Menzies (fifth left) pictured at Tulloch Castle this month. Picture: Ian Rhind
Dingwall Gaelic Choir with conductor Kirsteen Menzies (fifth left) pictured at Tulloch Castle this month. Picture: Ian Rhind

The choir has competed at every Mod bar two since that first year – and won many prizes along the way.

They first entered premier competition for choral singing in 1977, winning the Lovat and Tullibardine Shield.

Other highlights of the 60-year-history includes recording with Runrig, visiting Vancouver, performing on BBC ALBA’s Hogmanay Show and being invited to perform at the Glasgow Pheonix Choir’s concerts.

The compere for tomorrow will be Radio nan Gaidheal presenter Morag Macdonald.

Tickets priced £10 are now on sale from the Pavilion, June’s Card Shop in Dingwall and choir members.

For anyone who can’t make Friday’s concert, there are four more occasions later in this60th anniversary year to see the choir performing:

On Thursday, September 25, the choir perform at their 60th Anniversary Pre-Mod Ceilidh at the Royal British Legion, Dingwall.

The following day, they can also be heard as part of the Glasgow Phoenix Choir Concert at Strathpeffer Pavilion.

They will be appearing at the Royal National Mod in Inverness (which runs from Friday, October 10 to Saturday, October 18).

Finally, on Friday, November 14, there’s the choir’s 60th Anniversary Ball, also at Strathpeffer Pavilion.

Folk group Mo Chreach – from left – Steven MacIver, Ross Brindle, Kirsteen Menzies, Jean Mackay and Marlene Yule. Picture: Ian Rhind
Folk group Mo Chreach – from left – Steven MacIver, Ross Brindle, Kirsteen Menzies, Jean Mackay and Marlene Yule. Picture: Ian Rhind
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