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Làn Dùil - Online Soisgeul Weekend

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Soisgeul Air-Loidhne / Online Soisgeul weekend

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Soisgeul - 'Làn-Dùil' / Scotland's Gaelic Gospel Choir Online Weekend

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For many Gaelic choristers, the last gathering of Soisgeul, making music together in the real world, was in March 2020 just days before our whole world closed in national Lockdown. We still might not be able to meet in person, but we can make a gathering of the virtual variety to celebrate and sing, and look forward 'Làn-Dùil' - In Hope!

Working with An Comunn Gàidhealach and with the support of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Soisgeul are running a weekend of workshops, rehearsals, listening parties, scratch virtual performances and an evening cèilidh online over the weekend of 23rd-25th April 2021. The event is to all previous members of Soisgeul, but crucially, also open to all Gaelic singers and choristers with an interest in trying out something new. Music and learning resources will be available to stream or download online. And there's a warm welcome to anyone who wishes just to be part of the audience for the watch parties and cèilidh.

The programme is as follows:

Friday 23rd April

7pm-8pm - Online Listening Party – Glòir is Lasair Dhè - Gaelic Spiritual Highlights Across The Years

A chance to see rare archival and contemporary performances of Soisgeul and some of the projects and music that lie at the roots of the Gaelic gospel choir. It will include music from 'Lasair Dhè' - Mary Ann Kennedy's Saltire Award-winning reimagining of the Gaelic psalms, and from 'Glòir', a Gaelic choral return to Edinburgh's Usher hall for the first time since the 90s, for an event held in memory of former ACG president John MacLeod. The party will be a private online event, with thanks to BBC Radio nan Gàidheal, BBC ALBA and MG ALBA for their support.

Saturday 24th April

10.30am-12.00pm - Workshop 1

Led by Gareth Fuller and Mary Ann Kennedy, this workshop will introduce new singers and existing Soisgeul members to some new Gaelic gospel repertoire.

2pm-3pm - Workshop 2

Back to Basics! Revisit some favourite original Soisgeul core repertoire songs with Mary Ann Kennedy.

4pm-5pm - Workshop 3

Revisit or learn for the first time recent Soisgeul repertoire with Mary Ann Kennedy, Gareth Fuller & friends in our final workshop of the day. Sectional break-out rooms will be available, with a final recap session.

Traditional evening cèilidh - 7.30pm

Hosted by Celtic Music Radio broadcaster and Soisgeul member John Joe MacNeil, featuring singalong choir performances, guest solos and a specially recorded set of ‘dances for the front room’ by Ingrid Henderson and Iain MacFarlane of the Glenfinnan Cèilidh Band.

Sunday 25th April

11am - Online Watch Party

View the original Soisgeul TV documentary, charting initial creation of the choir, followed by a Q&A including session guest Nick Low, producer of the programme. See how far we’ve come! The party will be a private online event, with thanks to MG ALBA and Demus Productions for their support.

12pm-1pm - Final Workshop

Revise our Soisgeul songs with Gareth Fuller, Mary Ann Kennedy & friends.

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