The Association of Gaelic Choirs are pleased to announce the launch of two choir conducting workshops aimed at developing the skills of aspiring conductors of Gaelic choirs. The workshops have received funding support from Creative Scotland’s ‘Tasgadh’ Fund and follow on from two similar workshops that were held by An Comunn Gàidhealach in 2014.
Donald MacLeod, a member of the Association of Gaelic Choirs said, “Following research carried out into what support Junior Gaelic choirs would most welcome, it was apparent that the provision of training from more experienced conductors was of most value.
We know that not all schools and areas have the skills, time and resources to be able to keep their choirs going or start up new ones. However, through these workshops we hope to be able to support any school or community choir that wish to do so.”
The workshops are open and aimed at Gaelic choirs in general but with an emphasis on current or any new, prospective conductors of Junior Gaelic choirs. The first workshop will be held in the Spectrum Centre in Inverness on 24th June from 0930-1530 and will be delivered by well-known musician and accomplished conductor of Oban Gaelic Choir, Sileas Sinclair. A second workshop will be held later in the year and led by the highly experienced and respected conductor of Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association, Kenneth Thomson, details of this will be distributed soon. Each workshop will cost just £25.
Experienced conductor, Kenneth Thomson, who will lead the Glasgow workshop, is looking forward to the prospect of working with his conductors. Kenneth said, “I have been involved in Gaelic choral singing for a very long time now and I am thrilled to be able to get the chance to pass on some of my experience to other conductors. We, effectively, want to support Gaelic choral singing and it would be great to see another few Junior Gaelic choirs forming around the country.”
If you are interested in attending either workshop, please contact Donald MacLeod: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 07900 512 614.