Royal Celtic Society ArmsThe Royal Celtic Society

For nearly 200 years, the Royal Celtic Society has been at the cutting edge of activity to support the language, literature, music and culture of the Highlands and Western Islands of Scotland. The Society holds regular events for members, awards medals for excellence in music and literature and sponsors a wide range of organisations dedicated to the traditions, language and arts of the Highlands and Islands.

 
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MST Productions was a theatre company, created by Ken Sutherland, Iain Macintosh and Ian Turbull and registered as a charity, to stage Prophesy, a full length musical, in Gaelic, based on the life of the Brahan Seer and the fall of the House of Seaforth.  The story took its audience on a journey that ranged across the Black Isle, the Isle of Lewis and even as far as Paris, where the last Earl of Seaforth lived out his debauched life. 

The production was staged to rave reviews in September 2014.  However, MST has now definitively achieved its purpose and so has been wound up.

As MST Productions was a registered charity, they are required to donate any surplus funds to other charities of their choice, so that the money remains in the charity sector.  In this case, this surplus is considerable and we are delighted that the directors have chosen the Royal Celtic Society to be one of the beneficiaries.

The directors have suggested they would like this money to go towards a Gaelic cultural project and this will enable the Royal Celtic Society to sponsor an extensive series of events being organised by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh over the next two years.  This programme includes the sponsorship of storytelling events in Inverness, the staging of one of the great Gaelic epic poems, Bas Choinlaoich, in Skye and at the Scottish National Storytelling Festival in October, and the award of bursaries to postgraduate students with no other means of income to attend a conference in Lewis.  Other events we will be able to support include a traditional music family day and a series of events for the public led by Scottish authors.

We are grateful to Ken, Iain and Ian for thinking of us.

 

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