Marilyn Smith, our charismatic conductor, awarded MBE!
Marilyn J Smith; conductor and music director of the Glasgow Phoenix Choir has been awarded an MBE for Services to Music in the 2012 New Years Honours List.
The Choir is justifiably proud that Marilyn has been awarded this honour in the year the choir celebrates its Diamond Jubilee anniversary and Marilyn her 20th year as conductor. This, the 2011/12 season marks 110 years of musical excellence for the choir - 50 Years of its predecessor the Glasgow Orpheus Choir and now 60 years of the Glasgow Phoenix Choir.
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MUSIC IN THE AYR RAISES FUNDS GALORE!
One of the choir's recent concerts performed in conjunction with its official sponsor, The Co-operative Funeralcare, has raised £3 500 for a local charity.
The ‘Homecoming’ concert, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth, was performed in aid of Ayrshire Hospice at Ayr Town Hall. It was a huge success with an audience of almost 400 people, thanks to The Friends of Ayrshire Hospice, who helped organise the event.
Pictured (from left) are John Taylor, National Community Manager for The Co-operative Funeralcare; Marilyn Smith, Conductor of The Glasgow Phoenix Choir and Nigel Martin, Director of Ayrshire Hospice. Click on the image to enlarge - picture will open in a new window.
The Choir has a new sponsor:-
In 2007 we were approached by Co-operative Funeralcare with a view to supporting the choir in its activities. Needless to say, we were very happy to accept their generous offer, and are delighted that the Co-Op have decided to continue their support for the future.
Message from David Hendry (pictured), Managing Director of Co-operative Funeralcare, part of the Co-operative Group.
"The sponsorship of this popular choir is literally music to our ears. Music of all types is synonymous with funerals and can help to reflect a person's life. We are pleased to be able to link up with the top quality Glasgow Phoenix Choir to help them to continue the excellent work for which they are well known.
We have strong links with many local communities and this sponsorship is one way in which we can give something back to the community of Glasgow and also provides us with an opportunity to help raise funds for very worthwhile charities.
The Glasgow Phoenix Choir is also proud to be associated with Co-operative Funeralcare and they look forward to working closely with our team to build on the choir's success."