Monday, 23 December 2013

The End of Another Year

Hello everyone!  Well we’re at the end of another year. The choir are on a well deserved break but will get together for what’s now becoming an annual New Year buffet-ceilidh in Thurso, courtesy of our lovely soprano, Helen Heddle and her Tempest Café.

It’s been a wonderful year again – everyone packed into Ceòlas for a choir Burns Supper with a difference in January, winning at the International Pan Celtic Festival in April, taking part in the local Mòd in Bettyhill, winning the Puirt Competition, participating at the Inverness Mòd and being second-equal with Inverness GC to Dingwall, plenty parties and BBQs during the summer at Ceòlas new fire pit and BBQ areas, workshops with Mary Ann Kennedy in Thrumster and in Castletown courtesy of Christine Stone, participation at the National Mòd in Paisley and here we are already looking at next year and doing it all over again!

We also have a year to look back on with our soloists as well! Many of the choir obtained their Gaelic cards this year – Mikie, Ed, Mel, Eileen, Susan and Kooga – well done! They still continue to learn the language, along with other choristers Pat and Hugh, and all are looking to increase their language skills along with other new learners! We really have to congratulate all of the soloists in their achievements – many of them with silverware at their homes this year – Ed, Mel, Eileen and Kooga all took part in their first competitions this year. To add to his Provincial Mòd successes, Mikie had his first national Mòd success with third place out of 21 choristers in the Skye and Sutherland Bard competition, Neil won the trad competition at a number of provincial Mòds and made the final at the National, taking third place and Robert, after winning the Silver Pendant last year, went on to take the Gold Medal this year. Again, we should apologise to the Glynhill Hotel for the mess we made of his room – sorry! :D Robert also went on to win Best Up-and-Coming artiste at the MG Alba Trad Awards in December. Congratulations to him and indeed to them all!

We also were delighted to welcome a number of new choristers to the choir – Rebecca MacKenzie, Kelly Davidson and Sean Frame.

We’re really looking forward to having all the choristers that couldn’t sing with us in Paisley singing with us again in Inverness – Philip, Celia, Robert, Rebecca, Helen, Sheena, Alistair, Lee, Ruth, Sarah etc, etc – we missed you all!

We need to thank everyone again for their commitment, their time and effort – they’re a marvellous bunch and indeed all very much make up a family that we all miss when we’re not together! That includes our wonderful Gaelic Tutor and friend Christine Stone – she does a wonderful job looking after our Gaelic (and most of the Tenors, rowdy bunch that they are getting!), Graham, conductor of the Ladies Choir and Deputy Conductor, Pat (El Presidente!) Kieran, Philip and Ann.

Nollaig Chrìdheil dhuibh uile agus Bhliadhna Mhath Ùr dhuibh uile nuair a thigeas i!

Merry Christmas to you all and a Good New Year to you all when it comes!

See you all on the 3rd Jan at Ceòlas and 4th Jan in the Tempest Café at 6.30pm for 7pm. Choir returns on Thursday 16th January in Melvich Primary School at 7 pm for Ladies and 8 pm for mixed voices. Everyone will be welcome, especially new choristers!