Post by Jim Beaver
Does anyone know if pianist-composer Hamish Menzies is
Alive as of 2003, if this is the guy: Doesn't sound like
Aberdeen Press and Journal
October 14, 2003
Bbc Scotland Involved In Row Over Coverage Of Main Choral
Bbc Scotland found itself at the centre of a row at the
Royal National Mod in Oban, after it emerged that the
network is to discontinue its live broadcast of the Lovat
and Tullibardine Shield, the main choral event which takes
place on Friday afternoon. In previous years, the BBC
transmitted the competition, plus a special commentary,
through its Gaelic radio service Radio nan Gaidheal.
Hamish Menzies, the conductor of Dingwall Gaelic Choir, the
winner of last year's Lovat and Tullibardine, said: "It's
really disappointing that it's not happening because I know
people in the Highlands had their ears to the radio in
support of their local choir.
"Friends of mine actually recorded the whole programme last
year, and it was really useful to hear the other choirs
perform because you don't really get a chance to otherwise."
The president of Mod organisers An Comunn Gaidhealach, Angus
MacDonald, claimed that they had no input in the decision to
withdraw the service.
A BBC spokesman said: "Our coverage on television remains
"We will, as in previous years, be broadcasting the winners
of the competition on television as recorded at the
prizewinners' concert on Friday evening.
"We have never broadcast the whole competition on
television. However, we have had to withdraw from our live
coverage of the competition on BBC Radio nan Gaidheal.
"We enter into a contractual arrangement with An Comunn
Gaidhealach to enable us to provide coverage of the Mod to
the BBC audience.
"It is true that the costs associated with it has risen and
as we have a finite budget for the coverage of the event
something has to give.
"Over the past few years we have made many efficiencies in
the way in which we cover the whole event.
"And it is extensive coverage - this year some 25 hours on
radio and six hours on television - and with our online site
and digital transmissions these are now available not only
to audiences in Scotland but also to those much further
"We are now at the point where we cannot make further budget
costs and sustain the current level of coverage. We would
prefer not to make these choices, but these are the