If you were in the audience for our performance of Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man' and other works on Saturday 17 November 2018, we hope you found it as memorable and moving as we in the choir did. (The photo on the left was taken during the afternoon's rehearsal, with more photos in the photo galleries section.)
We all thought our soloist Lilly Papaioannou and the Instrumentalists were amazing. In the first half of the evening's concert, Lilly charmed the audience with her singing of Benjamin Britten's: Tell me the Truth about Love and Funeral Blues. In a change of evening dress to suit the mood, she returned to sing a selection of folk songs from around the UK and delighted the audience by demonstrating the lighter side of her voice and character ahead of the serious, more sombre tone of 'The Armed Man', when she joined the choir by wearing black, adorned with a red poppy.
The two trumpeters, Mark James and Ian Shires played faultlessly and added such colour and meaning to 'The Armed Man', while Rona Porter's plaintive, soaring cello playing brought a lump to the throat in Jenkins' 'Benedictus'. Clair Munro and Beth Mackenzie were excellent on the varied percussion instruments used throughout the work, while Robin Versteeg (organ) and our own Sheila Bruce (piano) provided the musical underpinning of all the accompanied sections.
It was beautiful to hear the 'Call to Prayer' being sung, live, by a member of Inverness Mosque, and many in the audience commented on how memorable and moving it was to see the accompanying film behind the choir, which added to the powerful peace message of 'The Armed Man'.
This concert was another triumph for our Conductor, Gordon Tocher, who retained his customary calm throughout and steered us through the varied and demanding works.
Our next concert at Eden Court Theatre is Joseph Haydn's Nelson Mass and John Rutter's Magnificat on Saturday 27th April 2019.
The November 2018 fundraising Coffee Morning took place on Saturday 10th November in the splendidly refurbished main Hall in Inverness Town House.
Thank you to everyone who supported us by coming, buying raffle tickets, having a go at the bottle stall or buying some home baking. As ever, thanks are also due to Sheila Bruce who played the piano so splendidly throughout the morning, enhancing everyone's enjoyment of the event. A provisional total of around £750 was raised to help fund future performances at Eden Court Theatre.
And even further back:
The rehearsal on Monday 8th October 2018 was made memorable by the presence of our Honorary Patron, Pat MacMahon, better known throughout Scotland as an inspirational singing teacher and voice coach. Pat's career as a soprano soloist is also legendary. She regularly imparts some of her wisdom to the Society and those of us present benefited hugely from her sparkling, energetic and inspirational approach to singing 'The Armed Man'. "The energy comes from the words", she emphasised, encouraging members to imagine themselves facing the enemy in conflicts such as Culloden - the fear, the adrenalin, the faith needed to face the unknown. Our Chairman, Angus, spoke for us all when he joined conductor Gordon in thanking Pat for her generous tuition. Now we must practise our diction and boost our energy levels to convey all the emotions that this dramatic and moving work demands!
We had a busy day at the annual Carolthon on 16th December and hope all the shoppers enjoyed the lovely selection of music. Thanks to the team from our partner charity Alzheimer Scotland who were busy with the collecting buckets.
Congratulations all round and a huge thank you to everyone who donated. We raised £5,316, and recently presented Alzheimer Scotland with a cheque for £2,658.
Our Carolthon organisers, Mandy Thomas and Carol Brown presentied our cheque to Elma MacKay of Alzheimer Scotland. Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to raising this amazing amount (half of the total achieved, the Society's funds benefiting from the other half).