THERE is a definite harmonious buzz in the air in the town this week as Arbroath Male Voice Choir puts the finishing touches to the programme for its 77th annual concert next Friday (April 8) in the Webster Memorial Theatre at 7.30 p.m.
Choir president Douglas Cant said: “We are going to raise up singing! The choir members are looking forward to this special concert and to our fabulous guests, Gordon Cree (baritone) and Cheryl Forbes (mezzo-soprano) along with their accompanist, Alan Kitchen.
“It is sure to be a grand night for singing and a satisfying reward for all the hard work during the weeks of rehearsals.”
Mr Cant went on: “The concert marks the debut of the choir’s new musical director, Sheena Guthrie, and under her inspiring leadership Arbroath Male Voice Choir will be singing an exciting blend of songs old and new which cuts across the musical spectrum. There is very much something to please everyone. It is a real recipe for success.”
The event marks a welcome return for the evening’s special guests who made such an impact at the Choir’s 75th anniversary concert.
Mr Cant enthused: “Gordon Cree must be one of Scotland’s most talented young entertainers; a singer in concert, recital, oratorio, theatre and cabaret, piano soloist and accompanist in concert, recital, orchestras and jazz ensembles, conductor in concert, musical theatre and choral projects, well-known theatre organist, arranger/orchestrator in every corner of the musical spectrum from symphonic to big band, and a much-loved character actor, master of ceremonies and after-dinner speaker!
“Cheryl Forbes was awarded five coveted scholarships to the UK’s top music conservatoires, studying in both London and Glasgow. She has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Festival Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Gordon Cree Concert Orchestra. Cheryl regularly appears on STV and Radio Scotland and is a talented actress and voiceover artist.
“With 2011 being the Year of the Light, the Choir will be noting the 200th anniversary of the Bell Rock Lighthouse in suitable musical fashion during the evening,” added Mr Cant.
The 45-strong choir gathers members from across Angus and Dundee and is one of the region’s oldest musical ensembles.
From the opening bars to the closing codas its promises to be a grand night for singing!
Tickets for the concert are available only from the Webster Theatre box office and are priced £10. They can be bought in person and by phone on 01241 435800.