THE VIRTUAL ROYAL NATIONAL MÒD OCTOBER 2020

An Comunn Gàidhealach are delighted to announce that they will be holding an online version of Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail later this year. In keeping with the tradition, the event will take place during October and allow our Gaelic community to celebrate and showcase our language and music. Like many other events and festivals, this year’s Royal National Mòd, due to take place in Inverness in October, fell victim to the on-going Coronavirus pandemic. Junior and senior participants will be able to record performances in their respective categories and upload and submit their performances online with performances being showcased via The Royal National Mòd’s social media channels in October. The full list of disciplines including singing, bàrdachd, instrumental and highland dancing categories can be found here as well as further information on the Virtual Mòd. Performances must be submitted by 31st July. In addition to the performances of participants taking part in the Mòd, a programme of exciting online events is planned to run alongside the online celebration. Further details on a programme of events will be released in due course. Please click on the following link to view the Virtual Royal National Mod 2020 syllabus: Virtual Mod 2020 Syllabus Please click on the following link for further guidance on the Virtual Royal National Mod 2020: Virtual Mod 2020 Guidelines For further information, please contact info@ancomunn.co.uk or Tel. 01463 709...

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Susanne Lloyd-Jones

It was with great sadness that we learned of Susanne’s passing recently. Susanne was a wonderful musician and became interested in the clarsach, subsequently joining The Clarsach Society (Highland Branch) and then being elected onto the Executive Council and Music Committee. On behalf of everyone at The Clarsach Society, we send condolences to George, Susanne’s family and friends. Here is a photo of Susanne, at the National Mòd in Dunoon 2018, having won the Hilda Mary Campbell trophy – senior self accompaniment...

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Jenny Mackenzie

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jenny Mackenzie, a former member of our Executive Council. Jenny was originally a member of The Edinburgh Branch of The Clarsach Society before moving to Fort Augustus, where she founded The Highland Branch. She had been resident in a care home in Daviot, south of Inverness. Jenny is survived by her two sons Jamie and Torquil and her grandson Ossian, who now runs Old Pier House, a family-run B&B she owned in Fort Augustus. Jenny will be remembered with great fondness and respect by everyone who had the pleasure to know her. She was in her...

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Iain Macleòid Young Composer Award

The Iain Macleòid Young Composer Award is an annual competition named in memory of John Macleod. Composers aged between 16 & 25 years of age are invited to submit an original piece of music –  lasting no longer than 10 and no less than 8 minutes – suitable for: a) Solo Clarsach / Lever harp or b) Clarsach / Lever harp and up to 3 other instruments and/or voices. The award is £500 plus a premiere performance at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival. We are now open for submissions of music for 2020. Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before applying. All submissions should be sent to office@clarsachsociety.co.uk by 5pm on 30th October 2020.  ...

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EIHF 2020 Refunds

Thank you for your continued patience while we arranged to refund all our ticket holders. There were some technical issues which meant the overall process took longer than we would have liked. All refunds have now been made and will be with you imminently or will already have been paid to your account. We have also been advised by our payment service provider that a small portion of refunds will not show as such but rather, “…will cause the original charge to simply drop off the statement. There will be no payment and no refund; it will be as if the original charge simply never happened.” If you should have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch by email and we will answer all queries as soon as we can. In the meantime, we hope you enjoyed the Virtual Edinburgh International Harp Festival. If you are in a position to help us mitigate our losses and start looking forward to 2021 and a 40th Festival to remember, we ask that you consider making a donation. Thank you for your continued support: we could not do it without you. The Festival Team Edinburgh International Harp...

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Iain Macleòid Young Composer Award 2019 winner

The Edinburgh International Harp Festival is proud to announce that the 2019 winner of the Iain Macleòid Young Composer Award is the harpist Ruth Lee. Ruth’s winning composition will be premiered at our festival at 7.30pm on Tuesday the 7th April, in a concert that will also feature performances from Lily Neill and Gillian Fleetwood & ensemble. Ruth Lee is an award-winning composer, harpist and vocalist working primarily in acoustic and electro-acoustic music.A dynamic soloist, who studied with Eleanor Turner, Ruth is a graduate of the University of York (First-Class BA Hons. Music), where she was awarded both The Wilfrid Mellers Prize for Music and Concerto Award. Her original music for solo harp has received several awards, including First Prize at The Future Blend Project 2018/19 and First Prize at the Wales Harp Composition Competition 2015. award-winning composer, harpist and vocalist working primarily in acoustic and electro-acoustic music. We look forward to hearing her new award winning composition at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival 2020. To discover more about Ruth you can visit her website and social media pages: www.ruthleeharpist.com www.facebook.com/ruthleeharpist www.instagram.com/ruthleeharpist https://twitter.com/ruthleeharpist https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmOnH3S2cJE895ybdVffQA...

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Membership Renewals 2019-2020

Thank you for your continued support for The Clarsach Society Your membership fee funds many vital elements of The Society including: helping branches to continue their activities in your local area, ongoing investment in quality instruments for the Harp Hire scheme, awarding scholarships to those facing financial hardship, encouraging new music to be written for the clarsach via the Young Composer Award and helping sustain interest and playing of the clarsach. Membership renewals are due on the 1st of July 2019 for the 2019-2020 period. If you have renewed at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival or afterwards your membership will be valid for the 2019-2020 period. PLEASE NOTE: We are currently transferring our membership to a new system and therefore you will be unable to renew or sign up for membership while this is in progress. The new system will be up and running and online shortly. Please revisit the website then to renew your membership or to sign up as a new member. During this time, if you would like to join the harp hire scheme, please register online as normal and contact the office on +44 131 554 0212 or email, office@clarsachsociety.co.uk regarding membership, as you do require to be a member in order to join this scheme and be added to the waiting...

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