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.
Our most recent concert on Saturday last (19 May) in the beautiful Helensburgh Parish Church saw us taking a trip ‘doon the water’ for a Gala Concert in aid of local Rotary Charities.
The concert was a great success and enjoyed in equal measure by audience and choir.
Our conductor Marilyn J Smith MBE is seen here receiving a lovely bouquet of flowers at the end of the concert.
(Our thanks to Brian Averell for permission to use his photographs.)
Glasgow Phoenix Choir’s gala concert, on Friday 27 April 2018, in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall celebrated the introduction of the new Carers Legislation Scotland and helped fundraise for the Carers Trust Scotland. We were joined on stage by the band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland , The High School of Glasgow Junior Chamber Choir and, in the Choir Stalls, the Carers Choirs for a spectacular evening’s entertainment.
We also took the opportunity to mark the ending of our sponsorship by Coop Funeralcare after 11 years, by presenting a souvenir album of all the concerts, events and charity fundraising we have been able to perform over that 11 years, with Coop Funeralcare‘s support, to John Williamson, Coop Funeralcare’s Head of Operations (Scotland & N.Ireland).
One of the many highlights of the evening’s programme was a roof raising ‘sing along’ rendition of ‘Song of the Clyde’ by our veteran tenor Bill Forrest, who later this year will celebrate 60 years as a member of the Glasgow Phoenix Choir.