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Scotland’s first ever Gaelic Gospel choir was formed to take on the challenge of entering the BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year competition.

A new BBC ALBA programme follows the choir’s formation, starting with the selection process narrowing down the 128 applicants from all over Scotland, to the first rehearsal in Inverness. The choir must record two songs as their entry into the BBC competition, with only one month to complete all their training and rehearsals.

Gaelic singer Mary Ann Kennedy puts the choir through their paces and motivates them to embrace the new style of singing.

In another break from tradition, Coca Tenorio, a Salsa singer and songwriter, is brought in to help the choir to relax and move naturally on stage.

The Coisir Soisgeul singers perform at the Solas Festival in Perth and the 2015 BBC ALBA Christmas service concert from Fort William. Here the choir is joined on stage by singer Robert Robertson for a special performance. How will the Gospel choir go down at Mod 2015, singing in front of their peers and can they find time to rehearse for this exciting new challenge?

Joy Dunlop, a previous winner of the Mod Gold Medal and a member of the Gospel choir says: “Being a member of the Gospel choir is amazing, it’s opened up so many new experiences for all of us. This is the first time any of us have sung Gospel music and it’s the first time that most of us have sung Christmas carols in Gaelic.”

Can Mary Ann and her team create a new national Gaelic singing sensation? 

Coisir Shoisgeulach, produced by Demus Productions for BBC ALBA, will be broadcast on the channel on Monday 31 October at 8.30pm to 9.00pm. It will also be available to view on BBC iPlayer.

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