Choir visits

 

 

The thrilling music created by the choir of St Andrew’s and St George’s West from Edinburgh (the Rev Roderick Campbell’s previous parish)  rang around the Parish Church of St Moluag on Saturday evening when they performed a wide range of secular and sacred music from the sixteenth to the twenty first century. Though small, the choir makes a bright and focussed sound, with a huge dynamic range and wide variety of styles from Pergolesi to Gershwin via the Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Their Director of Music, Brigitte Harris, has created a fresh professional sound though the majority of singers are amateurs. She was ably assisted by Colin Tipple at the organ and by student Katherine Wade, an organ scholar. Soprano Emily Walker, also a music student, sang the only solo, the “Quae moerebat et dolebat” from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, her tone rich and bright. Music of this standard is a rarity anywhere,  so it was greatly appreciated by people from both Appin and Lismore. The following morning there was a chance to hear the choir again as they led the service with a brilliant Introit and closed it with a sustained and moving “Amen”. We wish them well in their many  endeavours which include leading the Sunday service at St Andrews and St George’s West, singing on both Radio Scotland and Radio Four and touring, this year they hope, to the United States. A collection  raised £341.70 half of which will go to the choir and half to church funds.

 

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