Mass choir hits the right note

Hitting the high notes
Hitting the high notes

Some of the finest voices in East Dunbartonshire and Scotland helped blast away the January blues at

a 130-strong choir event.

EDLC Trust organised a ‘Day of Singing’ as part of East Dunbartonshire’s Youth Music Forum. The event brought together the finest voices in the area.

Acclaimed RSNO chorus master and artistic director for the National Youth Choir Christopher Bell led the celebration in New Kilpatrick Church, in Bearsden.

Scott Hill, chairman of EDLC Trust, said: “The Day of Singing was a resounding success. About 130 singers took part and another 50 came along and joined as an audience for a mass choral event with Christopher Bell. Songs in the programme included ‘End of the Day’ from Les Miserables, ‘Irish Blessing’ by Bob Chilcott and ‘O Fortuna’ fromCarmina Burana, so there really was something for everyone.”

Participating choirs included Bearsden Choir, Kirkintilloch Ladies’ Choir, Kelvin Choir, New Kilpatrick Church Choir and Westerton Male Voice Choir, as well as school choirs from Boclair Academy and Kelvinside Academy. A number of individuals also took part in the day.

Councillor Vaughan Moody, depute convener of development and regeneration, added: “It really was the most wonderful day and just what we all needed in January.

“We hope this will be the first of many and the Day of Singing will go from strength to strength.”

Participant Marion Donnachie said: “Christopher Bell was very inspiring. I was left tired but uplifted. I also enjoyed listening to each choir sing a chosen piece in the afternoon session.

“There was a good variety and it all added up to a most enjoyable spontaneous concert.’’

Esmee Thompson, cultural coordinator said: “We would like to give an incredible warm thanks to all participating choirs who put so much work into the rehearsals and the day itself.

“The enthusiastic atmosphere was really tremendous and we hope to run the event again in October 2016. Our thanks also go to New Kilpatrick Church for supporting the community event.’’