Guide Choir Entertains

 

 

26 May 2007

 


 

The very accomplished Glasgow Guide choir visited Lismore recently singing to a full hall of locals as well as visitors from Appin. Their strong voices were impressive in a variety of styles ranging through national ballads, comic songs, spirituals, show songs and religious numbers. They also invited the full hall to sing along especially in the rounds. Though there were only twelve singers they made a big sound under the spirited baton of Jane Pelosi and accompanied at the piano by Bill Russell. Two soloists, Sister Margaret Rose of the Notre Dame Sisters and the youngest member, Maria Quinn, were very different but impressive. Sister Margaret Rose sang “I’ll walk beside you” with the purity of a girl chorister especially in her high notes, and Maria, though slight, had a big well focussed sound in “If I were a Bell” from Guys and Dolls. Maria is representing west of Scotland in the finals of the Guide performer of the year and to judge by her talent must have a very good chance indeed.

 

Bill Russell’s accompaniments were always supportive but his medley of Scott Joplin rags had the audience calling for an encore.

 

 

This was the choir’s fourth visit to the island: they first came in 1996, invited by Anne Livingstone who sang with them before she married Duncan and moved to Laggan. Their love of singing and of Lismore was clear throughout but particularly when they sang Fagail Lios Mòr in Gaelic. A great evening all round.

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