Choir Members - Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir

The Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir was formed in 1944 by members of the Glasgow Islay Association, although today’s members have backgrounds in both Gaelic and non-Gaelic speaking areas of Scotland and even beyond.

The choir’s ladies are proud to wear the Glasgow Islay Association Tartan in recognition of its historic link with the Association. Kirsteen Grant, who has conducted the choir since 1991, is a Mod Gold Medallist and is well known and respected in the musical world as a singer, teacher and conductor. Her beautiful choral arrangements are included in the repertoire of many choirs and are often prescribed pieces at competitions. Over the years the choir has performed at a variety of national and international events, enjoying considerable competitive success at a variety of local Mods, the Royal National Mod, the Vancouver Mod and the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland.

The choir counts among its ranks gold medallists Iain Maclean of Skye (2010) and Catrìona MacNeil of Barra (2015), as well as dual medallist Claire Macaulay of Lewis who was awarded a gold medal in 2019 and traditional gold in 2016. Choir members have also had great success in silver pendant, duet, and quartet competitions.

Gaelic Choir
Photo by Andrew King

The Choir has always had a strong relationship with the Gaelic group Runrig and has appeared with them on several occasions. It performed with the band for the last time at the ‘Last Dance’ concerts in August 2018. The choir has recorded two CDs to mark its relationship with Runrig, the first “Tribute to Runrig” in 1996 and the second “Tribute 2 Runrig” in 2018 to mark the group’s final year. The latter was recorded at a special tribute concert and features choral arrangements of Runrig songs together with performances from special guests Gary Innes, Fiona Hunter, Mike Vass and Robert Robertson. The choir celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2019, and in March of that year took to the road with its ‘Tribute to Runrig’ tour, giving concerts in Fort William and Skye. Over the summer of 2019, four choir members were delighted to join the Alba Choir specially formed for the Eurovision Choir Competition, a tremendous platform for Gaelic song.

More recently, the choir was recorded for a new series of the very popular BBC Alba spiritual music programme, Alleluia.


  • Monday evenings in Glasgow Gaelic School, Berkley Street, Glasgow, 7.30 - 9.30. Occasional extra practices as required, including occasional Tuesdays as school holidays dictate.
  • Junior Choir (under 18's)rehersals are on Tuesday evenings (6 - 7.30) in the same venue.