Highlands and Islands MSP Rob Gibson has lodged a motion congratulating Inverness Gaelic choir on their recent appearance at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales.The City choir were the first Gaelic choir to appear there in recent times and their performances and the performers were well received by the public and other competitors.
The choir also premiered a tune written by Inverness composer Stuart MacRae that was set to the words of the poem of the murder of the Keppoch children in 1688.
Mr Gibson said ….
"By all accounts the choir went down extremely well both during and after the formal competition. This is borne out by the fact that whilst they were there they were invited to perform at a music festival in Germany. So all credit to them."
"It is great to see Scottish and Gaelic culture getting an airing in an international event. Gaelic and Scottish cultures travels the world very well and is something that we can all be proud of. So the more that the likes of Inverness Gaelic choir can be put on an international stage the better as the music camaraderie and culture will sing and speak for itself."
Copy of motion:
S3M-06745 Rob Gibson (Highlands and Islands) (Scottish National Party): Congratulations to Inverness Gaelic Choir— That the Parliament congratulates Inverness Gaelic Choir (Coisir Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis) on its performances at this year’s Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod; notes that it is the first Gaelic choir to perform at the Eisteddfod in recent times; commends the choir’s performances, which included the world premier of a tune from Inverness composer Stuart MacRae that was set to the poem of the murder of the Keppoch children in 1688; believes that the choir did a great job promoting Scotland, Gaelic language and culture and that this is evident by its invitation to perform at a music festival in Germany, and wishes the choir the best of luck at its next gig at this year’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and in the future.