Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir

Annual Concert, with Welsh Rhayader Male Voice Choir

Friday 28th February 2014 at 19:30

Milngavie Town Hall, Station House, 71 Station Rd, Milngavie, Lanarkshire G62 8BZ

The concert will be chaired by Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael, Secretary of State for Scotland.

Tickets are available from any choir member, or on the door. Please read our press release below:

Glasgow Choir Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir will be celebrating throughout 2014 to mark the 70th year since their formation in 1944. They start their celebrations with their annual concert in February which promises to be something special as they will be joined by their Celtic cousins the Rhayader & District Male Voice Choir from mid-Wales for a special evening of music and song. The Glasgow Islay Junior Gaelic Choir will also take part to showcase the range of new talent being developed. The chairperson will be the Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, whose parents still reside on Islay.

The Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir, which has been conducted now for almost 25 years by Kirsteen Grant, was originally formed by members of the Glasgow Islay Association who served the needs of the many Highlanders who had moved to the city for work. Their members are now drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and includes both Gaelic and non-Gaelic speakers. They welcome new members and no prior knowledge of the Gaelic language is required.

Over the years the choir has had great success at the Royal National Mod, Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival which was held in Paisley in 2013, and has also travelled far afield to promote the Gaelic culture attending the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland, the Vancouver Mod and the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales.

The concert takes place at Milngavie town hall on Friday 28 February at 7.30pm and all are welcome. Tickets are available on the door or in advance from choir members. Tickets can also be reserved by email by contacting the choir president, Robert McNair, on

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