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RULE CHANGES 2010 - PRESS RELEASE

Published: 09 Apr 2010

Rule changes for Mòd 2010

Preparations for Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail 2010 are now well under way as Caithness gets set to host the annual event for the very first time in its history. It is anticipated that Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival will attract up to 8,000 people to the area during the nine day event in October, providing a welcome boost to the region, economically and culturally.

National organisers An Comunn Gàidhealach have announced a number of new changes to the Mòd rules which are now effective for the 2010 event. These include the submission of all own choice music pieces by 30th June. Failure to do so will result in the Mòd office deducting 3 marks from the competitor’s total mark in each relevant competition. This year also sees a proportionate increase in the number of fluency card holders required for certain choral competitions in line with the long-term aim of improving the fluency levels of choir members. For full detailed information of these changes, please visit www.acgmod.org

Mòd Administrator, Rena MacAskill said, “It’s important that all competitors are fully aware of the rule changes before entering competitions. A full list of the updated rules is available from An Comunn Gàidhealach’s website or further information can be obtained by contacting the Mòd office on 01463 709705.”

Mòd 2010 in Caithness will also see An Comunn Gàidhealach make a concerted effort to recruit as many adjudicators as possible who have skills in both Gaelic and music. An Comunn Gàidhealach President, John Macleod said, “In keeping with our aims to encourage the use of Gaelic and boost its value in modern times, we want to reach a stage where, in relevant competitions, we have a combination of Gaelic adjudicators who have recognised musical knowledge, and music adjudicators with a knowledge and understanding of Gaelic. We have identified a number of individuals who we feel would be suitable for this role and who would, undoubtedly, enhance the judging process, have the ability to deliver adjudications in Gaelic as appropriate, and enhance the credibility of the event. This process may take some time to fully implement, but it will begin this year with some Provincial Mòds and later at the Royal National Mòd.” For any further information regarding Mòd 2010 in Caithness, please visit www.acgmod.org or www.caithnessmod2010.co.uk

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