Choir Members - Cumbernauld Gaelic Choir

Cumbernauld Gaelic Choir was formed in 1969. In the early days many of the original members were Gaelic speaking Highlanders who had moved to Partick and from there to Cumbernauld. These days the choir members are made up of a mixture of Gaelic speakers, Gaelic learners and those who enjoy the music. Members travel from Falkirk, Denny, East Kilbride and Cambuslang each Monday night to practice in Cumbernauld.

To begin with the choir was very much a social group but became more competitive during the 1980's when we began to have some success at local and national Mods. Our first major success was in 1993 at the National Mod in Airdrie where we won the Margrat Duncan Trophy for town choirs.

After winning this trophy for three consecutive years we began competing in the more prestigious Lovat & Tullibardine competition where we have won prizes on several occasions. The choir was delighted to win the Puirt competition at the National Mòd in Perth in 2022.

We also have a very successful ladies' choir which won the top prize, the Esme Smyth trophy, at the National Mod in Perth and were runners up in Stornoway.

During Covid the choir were devastated by the death of their much loved and ever patient Gaelic reader Mary Ann Brown. Mary Ann, a native of Harris, helped countless children and adults throughout the years to prepare for many provincial and national Mòds. She strived to promote her native language at every opportunity and also ran numerous Gaelic classes in Falkirk and North Lanarkshire. She is sorely missed by her family, the choir and the wider Gaelic community.

Apart from taking part in competitions the choir also sings at various functions throughout the year, including performances at North Lanarkshire Council Gaelic Evenings and our own concerts and cèilidhs.

The choir is conducted by Rhona McMillan who grew up in Campbeltown. Rhona’s father and grandfather both sang with the very successful Campbeltown Gaelic Choir. She now resides in Cumbernauld and joined the choir as an alto in 2002. Raonaid Deans, who teaches at Bun Sgoil Chondobhrait, has followed in her grandmother Nan Douglas’s footsteps by taking on the role as the choir’s Gaelic reader. Raonaid has competed in the Gold Medal competition and like her sister Emma and her father John has won the Silver pendant competition.

Rehearsals

  • Rehearsals take place at 7:30pm on Monday evenings in St Mungo's Parish Church, 4 St Mungo's Road, Cumbernauld G67 1QO.

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