Singer, TV presenter and radio broadcaster Aled Jones MBE is set to tour the UK this Spring but this time, he won’t be alone. Following a search for local choirs to join him on stage at Paisley Abbey on Saturday 6th. May, Glasgow Phoenix Choir has been selected as the winning choir. Aled was flooded with applications from choirs across the region and it was a near impossible decision to choose just one.
2016 was an incredible year for Aled as he released hit album ‘One Voice’. Week on week it ascended the pop chart to a staggering no.3 position. It held the no.1 spot on the classical chart for 14 weeks and has now sold over 72,000 copies, gaining silver BPI status. In fact Aled sold more than former One Direction Star Zayn Malik during the first week of sales. Combined with the sales from his Christmas album ‘One Voice at Christmas’, Aled was the best selling Classical artist of 2016.
Aled said: ‘I’m really excited about hitting the road again and singing in the fabulous Paisley Abbey with Glasgow’s very own Phoenix Choir. There was an overwhelming number of choirs that applied and it was a tough decision to pick just one. I’m really looking forward to performing with them and I’m sure it will be a great night for all.”
Aled has his own Sunday morning radio show on Classic FM 7 – 10am and is due to return to his ITV1 show ‘Weekend’ every Saturday and Sunday morning as well as being a regular on BBC1 on ‘Songs of Praise’ and a new series of ‘Going Back, Giving Back’.
The tour is set to visit the following venues across the UK:
Paisley Abbey – Saturday 6th.May
Wrexham William Aston Hall – Monday 8th.May
Lichfield Cathedral – Tuesday 9th.May
York Grand Opera House – Thursday 11th.May
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The Glasgow Phoenix Choir is absolutely delighted that Isla St Clair has kindly agreed, in her capacity as Honorary President of the Royal British Legion Scotland Passchendaele Branch, Flanders, to perform at our spring concert in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Friday 19 May 2017, in aid of Royal British Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland.
Isla St Clair, one of Britain’s foremost traditional singers, is known to millions for her numerous television appearances, including the Royal Variety Show, The Morecambe and Wise Show and, most notably, as co-host with Larry Grayson on the BBC’s long running ‘The Generation Game’
Also joining us on stage for the evening will be the Salvation Army West Scotland Youth Band, The Mackintosh Choir, a solo Piper and dancers. It promises to be an evening to remember.
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At a recent choir rehearsal we were delighted to be able to present Steve Conway, Chief Executive of Erskine, in the company of Lesley van Dyk from our sponsors, Co-op Funeralcare, with a cheque for £10,000. This was the money raised from our ‘ERSKINE 100th. Birthday Concert’ at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall earlier this year. Since the first patient was admitted in October 1916, Erskine has cared for over 85,000 veterans or their spouses and today provides nursing, dementia and respite care to over 1000 veterans or their spouses each year. Steve Conway expressed his gratitude to the choir for performing the 100th. Birthday Concert and also to Co-op Funeralcare for their sponsorship of the event. The money raised will go to ensure that Erskine continues to provide the highest standards of care they believe our veterans deserve.
(Photo courtesy of Les Hill)
On Saturday 29th October, we had the honour to perform a concert in the Town House, Hamilton, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of St. Andrew’s Hospice, Airdrie. All of the proceeds from the concert will go towards the current capital fund appeal being undertaken by the hospice. The great news is that in only 18 months, half of the £9,000,000 needed for refurbishment of the hospice has already been raised. Congratulations to Gilbert Cox and his team for all their efforts.
At the concert, we also launched our new postcard CD. Once again, money raised from sales of the CD will go to the hospice and to St Andrew’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Glasgow. A potential £25,000 will be raised for the Hospice through our CD donation. Thanks are due to many people for their support with this project – St Andrew’s Cathedral and Monsignor McElroy, Co-op Funeralcare, the Vivian Angus Bequest and the WM Mann Foundation.
Finally, we were also able to present a cheque for £400.00 to the fund from choir members. This money was raised from our highland tour quiz and a raffle held at our recent open night. A further, separate donation was raised by a raffle on the evening of the concert. Thanks to all our generous choir members and guests who contributed to these events.
(Photos by John Blue)
A massive well done to our friends, Dingwall Gaelic Choir,for their runaway successes at this year’s Mod where they won the coveted and hotly contested Lovat & Tullibardine Shield. The gentlemen of the choir also won the Mull & Iona Shield. All your hard work and commitment is a credit to you.
The choir’s new season got off to a great start on 29th August, with the first rehearsal of the year and a cheese and wine. We took the opportunity to have a glass of fizz to celebrate Marilyn J Smith’s 25 years as conductor of the choir and to present her with a gold watch. And what a 25 years it’s been with recordings, countless amazing concerts and tours all over Britain and to Europe and the USA. Congratulations, Marilyn, everything you do for the choir is greatly appreciated.
(Photos: Les Hill)