Kilmallie Singers set for spring concert

KILMALLIE SINGERS REHEARSAL 6/12/18 Kilmallie Singers rehearse under the direction of conducter Catherine Cameron with Jennifer Skene on pianio in preparation for next Saturday’s Carol Concert in DincansburghMacintosh Church. Picture Iain Ferguson,

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Following last year’s highly acclaimed performance of Mozart’s Requiem, next Saturday, May 18, the Kilmallie Singers will perform a wide-ranging selection of music at their annual spring concert, which will feature familiar works alongside items that will be new to their audience.

The programme includes classical works, such as Handel’s rousing Hallelujah Chorus, songs from well-known stage shows Les Miserables and Sweet Charity, and music from the pop charts of the sixties and seventies, made famous by prolific songwriter Burt Bacharach and well-known Swedish group Abba.

The focal point of the concert will be a performance of The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins. Subtitled A Mass for Peace, the work is a powerful and compelling account of the descent into, and terrible consequences of war. In complete contrast to the drama of the final movement of The Armed Man the choir will perform a magical new work by American composer Elaine Hagenberg, entitled The Music of Stillness, a beautiful and emotive setting of Sara Teasdale’s poem There will be Rest.

The choir, led by Catherine Cameron and accompanied by Jennifer Skene will be joined in a rendition of Butterfly by three talented young percussionists, Tilly Knight, Giorgio Berardelli and Chloe Reynolds, all of whom attend local schools and play in Lochaber High School Junior Wind Band. Tilly and Giorgio also play with the Senior Band.

The Kilmallie Singers are delighted that they will be adding an extra dimension to the concert. The choir’s youngest member, Erin Nicolson, will also perform a solo item.

The event will take place in Kilmallie Community Hall, Corpach. Tickets, priced £6 for adults, £4 for concessions and just £1 for children, will be available from members or on the doors, which will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

A retiring collection will be taken on behalf of the choir’s chosen charity, Clic Sargent (Scotland). Over the years the choir has raised more than £8,000 for this cause.