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Mòd 2022 syllabuses and prescribed pieces published

Published: 03 Dec 2021

An Comunn Gàidhealach is delighted to publish the competition syllabuses and prescribed pieces for Mòd Pheairt 2022. The Mòd in Perth will take place from 14-22 October 2022 and will be the first time the city has held the event since 2004.

Following a review and consultation carried out by An Comunn Gàidhealach earlier this year in conjunction with a focus group and partners, new competitions have been added to the junior competition syllabus including a ‘Battle of the Bands’ brand of competition, ‘Cogadh nan Còmhlan’, and a new ‘Tik Tok’ competition in the media category. A new format for conversation has also
been devised to encourage more natural conversation among young people, which will replace the previous conversational competitions. More details on this will be published in due course.

Amendments to the senior competition syllabus includes an accompanied choirs’ competition, a competition aimed at harmony singing groups consisting of between five and ten singers, and a new solo singing contest, ‘The CalMac Competition’, open to adult learners.

This year’s Royal National Mòd in Inverness was an important milestone in achieving what is hoped will be a more conventional Mòd in Perth next year. On the back of delivering a successful online Mòd in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a hybrid event consisting of online events as well as physical events this year in Inverness, An Comunn Gàidhealach is pleased to announce the retention of an online competition element. Details of these competitions can be found in the online syllabus.

In another change to the senior syllabus, An Comunn Gàidhealach and The Competing Pipers Association are excited to announce a graded contest for senior pipers. The senior piping events will feature A & Premier and B Grade competitions, and both grades will have a Pìobaireachd, and March, Strathspey and Reel event. The Competing Pipers Association will manage entries for the contest through their website which will open for entries ahead of the event. The A & P Grade and B Grade will require the standard four tunes for each competition. For more information
regarding the contest, please contact the Competing Pipers Association secretary at: cpa_sec@yahoo.co.uk.

An Comunn Gàidhealach also wishes to remind competitors that the version of the melody provided on prescribed sheet music should be sung as written. However, the rhythms of the notes can be sung taking account of Gaelic stresses and local dialect variations. This change is aimed at allowing competitors more creativity and originality in their performances.

As part of the amendments, changes have also been made to the junior competition structure. Most competitions for children in the primary school will be based on their class at the time of the Royal National Mòd. A new definition has also been created regarding fluency within a Gaelic Medium School or Unit. Guidelines for families, teachers and parents relating to the syllabus is also being published to offer further support and information to participants. This can be found at www.ancomunn.co.uk

For full details of the Mòd 2022 syllabuses visit www.ancomunn.co.uk and for prescribed pieces for Mòd 2022, visit www.ancomunn.co.uk/store. For more information contact An Comunn Gàidhealach at info@ancomunn.co.uk, phone: 01851 703487.

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