DINGWALL Gaelic Choir are the toast of Ross-shire this evening (Friday) after taking the top choral honours at the Royal National Mod in Dunoon.
The choir, led by conductor Kirsteen Menzies, have once again lifted the Lovat and Tullibardine Shield, the prestigious and much-coveted prize for choral singing.
Judges awarded the choir 186 points for Gaelic, and 188 for music, bringing their total score to 374, four points head of their arch rivals Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association. Third were Inverness Gaelic Choir on 369 and fourth were Oban with 366 points.
Dingwall Gaelic Choir were also runners-up in the Choral Area Ladies competition to take the Esme Smythe Trophy, and were third in the Choral Area Puirt-a-Beul contest.
The choir’s success means they have now carried off the Lovat and Tullibardine Shield no less than 11 times in total.
They won it at last year’s Mod in Stornoway and it is the fourth time the Dingwall choir have taken the trophy home since Kirsteen took over as conductor from her dad Hamish Menzies in 2008.
There were cheers of delight from Inbhir Pheofharain supporters after the choirs’ final marks were read out in the hall at the last competition of the 2012 Mod. And much in evidence was the choir’s lucky mascot, a tartan teddy - named Hamish.
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