From ‘The Oban Times’ Thursday 3 October 2019
On Sunday afternoon, Duncansburgh MacIntosh Parish Church in Fort William welcomed members of the Glasgow Phoenix, one of Scotland’s best known choirs.
The choir, led by their new conductor Cameron Murdoch, came to Fort William as part of an Argyll and Lochaber tour.
Around 60 choir members and musicians took part in the event with a mixed programme of classics, sacred music, Scots songs and songs from the shows.
The 150-strong audience thoroughly enjoyed the event and it is hoped the choir will return on future autumn tours to share their special mix of music.
The event raised more than £1,000 for the High and Dry Fund, which meets the cost of keeping the church building and fabric in good condition for events like this to take place frequently in the years ahead.
Meet Glasgow Phoenix Choir’s accompanist for our tour of Argyll & Lochaber from 28 – 30 September, Matthew McIlree.
Matthew is a 2nd. year student at the University of St.Andrews where he has taken up piano and organ scholarships alongside his degree in maths and computer science. He has been a multiple prize winner at both the Glasgow and Inverclyde Music Festivals having twice won the Glasgow Society of Organists Trophy at the Glasgow open organ class. He has won the top piano award on three occasions. He regularly accompanies St. Salvator’s Chapel Choir at the University of St.Andrews, including on their tours to France and the Netherlands.
This is his first time accompanying the Glasgow Phoenix Choir and we are all very much looking forward to him joining us on our tour of Argyll & Lochaber.
Glasgow Phoenix Choir’s 69th. Season has begun , with our new conductor, Cameron Murdoch taking up post. We have a busy schedule of concerts ahead (click on the ‘CONCERTS‘ tab for full information) and are looking forward to our concert tour of Argyll & Lochaber at the end of this month with concerts in Oban, Lochgilphead, Fort William and Loch Awe.