At a recent rehearsal we celebrated and honoured four of our choristers who this year clock up 25 years of singing with the Glasgow Phoenix Choir. Each was presented with a Phoenix crystal ‘wave’ bearing the choir logo and motto and the dates of their membership. Well done and congratulations to (from left to right), Ken O’Donnell (2nd Tenor), Stewart Moir (1st Bass), Janette Walker (1st Alto) and Anne MacDonald (1st Soprano), seen here with Choir President Angus Leitch (extreme left) and our Conductor Marilyn J Smith (extreme right).
Last weekend saw us off on our travels to the Highlands for a series of three concerts in Strathpeffer, Dornoch and Inverness.
The Spa Pavilion in Strathpeffer was the setting for the first of our concerts together with our friends from Dingwall Gaelic Choir for an enjoyable evening of music-making with a capacity audience.
Saturday saw us heading off to Dornoch and Dornoch Cathedral for a concert to help raise funds for the Cathedral Church Hall refurbishment. The good people of Dornoch turned out in huge numbers and the choir enjoyed a great afternoon of singing for them and were very kindly rewarded with a standing ovation at the end. Thank you Dornoch.
The Cathedral Church of St. Andrew was our destination on Sunday afternoon for a fundraising concert in aid of Marie Curie Scotland North.
Wow ! What an amazing concert and what a wonderful audience and another standing ovation. Feedback from the audience was complimentary to the point of embarrassment, one individual was moved to contact us through our website to say…
“I attended your concert in Inverness yesterday just by chance. I have been a professional musician for the last 40 years, singing and playing all over the globe. I’d just like to say that I have never cried so much as during your amazing performance of Eternity.
Speechless ! Thank you so so much.”
The concert raised approximately £2500 for Marie Curie. Our thanks to the Marie Curie team in Inverness for all their organising efforts and generous hospitality. We look forward to returning at some time in the future.
(St.Andrew’s Cathedral photos courtesy of Vonnie Stevenson, Community Fundraiser, Marie Curie)
On the choir’s recent tour of the Highlands a little bird told us that two of the tour group would be celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary (although they themselves had kept it a closely guarded secret, or so they thought !) on our first day of the tour. We were able to surprise them at dinner that evening with a celebration cake. Huge congratulations to Anne & Ian MacDonald on 50 years of marriage (they don’t look old enough ! ) and our thanks to them for choosing to spend their anniversary singing with the Glasgow Phoenix Choir on tour. (photo courtesy of Marilyn J Smith)
The choir has now resumed from its summer break and at the first rehearsal of our 68th. season we honoured Bill Forrest who first joined the choir, in the tenor section, in the choir’s 8th. season ! An astonishing 60 continuous years of choral singing with the Glasgow Phoenix Choir. For the occasion we trawled the choir archives and were able to present Bill with his original application form to join the choir, framed. Interesting to note that the form confirmed the annual subscription for the choir in 1958 was 1 guinea (£1.05p to you and me) !
Well done Bill and we look forward to singing with you for many more years yet.
We are delighted to announce that Bob Chilcott has accepted the position of Honorary President of the Glasgow Phoenix Choir. Bob, described as “a contemporary hero of British Choral music” has always been immersed in the choral tradition of this country.
A professional singer and one time member of the King’s Singers for twelve years , he became a full-time composer in 1997. He has produced a large catalogue of music for all types of choirs and the Phoenix regularly sings many of his compositions and arrangements in concert. He has worked with many thousands of singers in Britain over the last eighteen years. We are tremendously proud that, in his busy schedule, he has agreed to be our Honorary President and we look forward to a long and fruitful association.