Big Band joins in Westerton Male Voice Choir concert

Bryan and Catherine
Bryan and Catherine

MILNGAVIE Town Hall was packed to capacity for The Westerton Male Voice Choir’s Spring Concert, with special guests The Michael Brawley Big Band.

The choir, resplendent in their new uniforms, entertained the audience of 400 with a range of songs. Rock, soul, gospel, Scots, Welsh, Irish and songs from the musicals were interspersed with a song from the choir’s “Man Band” The Westertones and solos from choir members Ian Deuchar and Ernest Law.

A highlight was a suite of three songs based on well-known poems, music composed for the choir by Michael Brawley the leader of the guest act. The Big Band wowed the audience with a range of numbers including classics such as Strike Up The Band and Tuxedo Junction mixed with less well known pieces like The Queen Bee and Hay Burner.

The concert marked the retiral of Catherine Scott, the choir’s charismatic and popular accompanist and assistant musical director.

Tributes to Catherine were given by the choir’s conductor Bryan Marshall and president Gordon McCorkindale who also made a presentation on behalf of the choir.

Catherine brought a wealth of musical talent, encouragement and humour to the choir over the last 15 years and she will be greatly missed and a hard act to follow.

The concert also marked the launch of the choir’s latest CD, Going Home, recorded earlier in the year in St Luke’s Church, Milngavie. Copies of the CD will also be available through the choir’s website soon - go to www.westertonmalechoir.co.uk

Proceeds from the concert, sales of the CD and a very successful raffle will boost the choir’s funds for their chosen charity this year, Erskine, which provides nursing and medical care for former members of the armed forces.