Junior island choirs were celebrating yesterday (Tuesday October 15th) after a stunning set of results at the Royal National Mòd in Glasgow.
Choirs from the Nicolson Institute and Sir E Scott School in Tarbert were in continual contention for the top prizes, with the Harris school sweeping the board at junior level and the Nicolson Institute achieving the top results in the 13-18 age group.
The Nicolson Institute took top honours in the choral puirt-a-beul 13-18 and the Belle Campbell trophy, and were also top in the choral unison class and the two-part harmony, winning the Oban Times Challenge trophy in that class and the Janet Kelly Brown (Uist) memorial trophy for a high school choir from an island community, gaining the highest marks in junior choral competitions.
The Nicolson Institute choir is conducted by Avril Allen, and among the huge haul of trophies they brought home were awards for highest overall marks in both Gaelic and music, including the Mrs Campbell Blair trophy, Susan Paterson Caledonian MacBrayne trophy, Reverend Archie M. Beaton trophy and the Heather K Moore cup.
Sir E Scott’s senior choir achieved bronze position in the 13-18 years competitions, while their junior choir were in gold position in the under 12 puirt-a-beul, winning the Mrs Schroder cup. Juniors also took gold in the choral unison under 12s, with the Aberfoyle and district branch trophy and the Susan Paterson Caledonian MacBrayne trophy, and gold in the choral two-part harmony, with the Mrs Ann Grant of Laggan memorial trophy.
The Sir E Scott choir is conducted for the first time this year by Jayne Macdonald, following the retirement after many years of music tutor Iain Maciver. Jayne yesterday described herself as: “The proudest choir conductor in all the land. A clean sweep for the Junior Choir, and beautiful performances from my lovely senior girls. Not only proud of them on their incredible successes yesterday but too for how genuinely lovely and hardworking each of them are - they’ve made every practise (with added games and snacks...!) such a pleasure. Thankful, too, for all the help and encouragement from the fabulous Mòd committee and most of all to my ‘old’ choir conductor (Iain Maciver) who didn’t leave me with the smallest shoes to fill.”
Pictures show the Nicolson Institute choir with their trophies and the Sir E Scott junior choir at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall yesterday.