This year's Carolthon - funds to be shared with Alzheimer Scotland - will be on Saturday 16th December 2017 in The Eastgate Centre, Inverness, from 10.30am to 4.30pm.
From 12.30 to 1.30pm we will once again be able to showcase a larger number of the choir (50 in all) singing Messiah excerpts and other Christmas carols and music not suited to the smaller groups. Spread the word, members, to swell the audience on the day - and our joint coffers.
Due to the ongoing refurbishments within Inverness's Town House we were not able to hold a coffee morning there in October. Make a note in your diary for our next Coffee Morning which will be on Saturday 24 March 2018.
Also on 24th March 2018 we will lead a Messiah from Scratch in Ness Bank Church, Inverness. The soloists will be from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the conductor will be John Crombie, and at the organ will be our own Gordon Tocher. There will be a practice in the afternoon with the main event in the evening. We hope that many people - members of the choral and others - will come along and take part. Further details will follow.
Our last Coffee Morning took place on Saturday 4th March 2017, raising £796 for our funds.
A big thank you to everyone who supported us in any way - by helping at the event itself, by attending and spending money at the various stalls and raffle and/or by making a donation. As ever, Sheila did us proud by playing such beautiful music for two hours and this was ingeniously relayed outside to entice folks into the Town House.
We all hope the repairs won't take much longer as it isn't the most prepossessing of entrances at the moment! If you managed to navigate your way past the various barriers, congratulations. We're confident you felt it was well worth the effort.
Last year's annual Carolthon took place on Saturday 17th December 2016 in Inverness's Eastgate Centre.
We sang in small groups continuously from 10.30am to 3.30pm and enjoyed it hugely and achieved some great publicity in the local press. As ever, the people of Inverness gave very generously on the day. Together with further generous sponsorship raised by choral members, the organisers were able to present a cheque for £2,288 to Paul Corrigan from Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland, the 2016 chosen charity.
Pictured with Paul Corrigan are our Carolthon organisers, Carol Brown and Mandy Thomas.
(See more photos at bottom of the page)
On Monday 27th March 2017 we were privileged to have a workshop session with Pat MacMahon, our Honorary Patron.
As ever, Pat was inspirational - warm, positive, encouraging and exuding enthusiasm and energy which infected us all. The tenors sang from memory, eliciting a spontaneous round of applause from the rest of the choir and proving what Gordon tells us all the time: if we look up from our scores, the sound is so much better, communication with the audience can happen and - not least - we follow the conductor at all times.
Pat gave us 'homework' to do for 20 minutes each day, preferably in front of a mirror to check that we aren't over-stretching our mouths or tensing up (or nodding our heads as the notes go up and down!).
We were all exhausted (in a good way) when the rehearsal ended, which shows how much concentration and physicality is needed to sing effectively. Pat praised the overall sound, particularly when we put our copies down and sang 'Gloria!' fortissimo.
Our Chairman, Iain, expressed the Society's gratitude to Pat for giving up her time once again to improving our technique ahead of the concert on April 29th. He presented her with a gift as a token of our appreciation.