Choir Members - Lothian Gaelic Choir

Lothian Gaelic Choir was formed in a pub in Fort William in 1985 so it was fitting that the Mòd was back in that same town when they first won the coveted Lovat & Tullibardine Shield, the premier choir trophy, in 1999.

The choir has enjoyed significant success in recent years, winning the Puirt-a-beul in Oban in 2015 and taking third and fourth places in the Puirt and L&T competitions in Fort William in 2017.

In terms of results, the choir had its best year to date at the Dunoon Mòd in 2018, winning both the Lovat & Tullibardine Shield and the Puirt-a-beul.

Away from the competitions the choir enjoys singing for fun. Over the years they have sung in a wide range of venues, from the Royal Highland Show to the QE2. In 2005 the choir competed at the Vancouver Mòd to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Lothian Gaelic Choir performs regularly at events in Edinburgh, most recently at the 2018 Christmas Eve Watchnight service in Greyfriars Kirk for BBC Alba. In May 2019 the choir, along with many others from across Scotland, will take part in “Gloir, A Celebration of Gaelic Spiritual Music”, a concert being held in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall in memory of their former Gaelic tutor, John MacLeod.

In addition to competing for the L&T Shield and the Puirt-a-beul, Lothian Gaelic Choir also enters the Ladies and Male Voice Choir competitions. New members are always welcome.

The choir is conducted by Jackie Cotter and Angus Tully. Stewart MacLeod and Mark Turner are their Gaelic tutors.

Rehearsals

  • Lothian Gaelic Choir meets at 7.15pm each Thursday in the Church Hall of Morningside United Church, 15 Chamberlain Road, Edinburgh EH10 4DH.

Other information

  • Lothian Gaelic Choir have had three songs arranged especially for them. Thig Leam is Dirich was written by Aonghas MacNeacail with the music and arrangement by Anne MacDiarmid. Dualchas was written by Duncan MacKillop and arranged for the choir by Niall Houston. Nach Teid thu do’n Ghalldachd was originally written for the mother of one of the choir’s founder members, Mairi Robb, by Edward Purcell, the Argyll Bard. David McFarlane arranged it for the choir. In 1997 the choir recorded a CD, “Dualchas ar Duthcha”.

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