Susan Campbell sent me an email last week and announced the new website for the Islay Gaelic Choir, CÃ²isir GhÃ idhlig ÃŒle in Gaelic. Being a member herself, Susan knows a lot about the choir and she is also active as web designer. Although some pages are not quite ready it's good to let everyone know that the new site is looking really well already and we can expect new updates soon. The site is setup as a Wiki which means that other members of the choir can make changes and updates too, hence the hosting at Google Sites.
The choir has about 40 members and, after the recent successes at the national mod, their numbers are growing rapidly. The choir is led by Iseabail Mactaggart who works at the Bowmore Distillery. The new website has a news section where you can read that "Islay's new Junior Gaelic Choir has recently begun rehearsals, under conductors Arlene McKerrell and Iseabail Mactaggart. The junior choir is for all young Islay singers aged 13 - 18." Another interesting section is the choir's diary. In spring and summer the choir will sing at the homecoming Scotland concert, the Feis Ile concert and at the Classic Malts Dinner, just to name a few. The new website for the Islay Choir can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/islaygaelicchoir/ - Continue reading.......Another more or less new website, also from Susan's hand, is the one for Smaull song. Now what is this you might wonder... "Smaull is a remote farm in the beautiful northwest of the Hebridean island of Islay. During the year, Philip and Briar Maxwell, who live at Smaull, host gatherings when people come together to pursue common interests." One of these interests is singing and there is a music staff of five to teach the candidates the proper techniques. There is a course in August 2009 with a maximum of 12 participants and auditions will be held in London and Glasgow. A quote from the website: "For the fifth successive year, in 2009 the SMAULL SONG singing course will be held at Smaull on the Isle of Islay in the Inner Hebrides. The course provides an opportunity for singers to enjoy making music, to improve their vocal and presentational skills and to expand their repertoire whilst relaxing in the exceptional surroundings of this beautiful island. Participants are made welcome as the guests of Philip and Briar Maxwell, who live at Smaull." More information is available at www.smaullsong.org.uk
Smaull Song for Islay Singers 1st-8th August 2009 In August 2009, it is proposed to expand the now well established Smaull Song Singing Course. Local singers will be offered the opportunity to participate in singing technique workshops, evening ceilidhs at Smaull and the end-of-Course concert. The music staff who come to Smaull for the week, will give singing lessons and run masterclasses at the Columba Centre, Bowmore, and it is hoped to include a one-day choral workshop for CÃ²isir Ghaidhlig ÃŒle. For more info have a look at the Islay singers page.