40 years of song celebrated

The founding members of the Monifieth Singers at their dinner are from left - Elizabeth Whyte, Joyce Macmillan, Joyce Johnston, George Mitchelson, Doreen Rowan, Lillian Brown and June Scott.

The founding members of the Monifieth Singers at their dinner are from left - Elizabeth Whyte, Joyce Macmillan, Joyce Johnston, George Mitchelson, Doreen Rowan, Lillian Brown and June Scott.

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A happy group met recently to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of one of one of Angus’ most established singing groups.

Members past and present of the Monifieth Singers gathered in the Woodlands Hotel, Broughty Ferry, for a dinner to mark the occasion.

Current chairman George Mitchelson welcomed guests including the first musical director Johnston Ralston and the first chair Gordon Low.

Founder member Joyce Johnston was on hand to cut the cake and George went on to provide a humorous presentation on the history of the Singers up to the present day.

He said: “The idea for a choir came about from a meeting of friends in the autumn of 1973, who enjoyed singing and thought it a good idea to have a choir in Monifieth. The group needed a place to practise, a conductor, and music.

“The late Tom Milroy, former minister of St Rules, came to the rescue with permission to use the Gerard Hall, for the weekly rehearsals. Johnston Ralston, principal teacher of music at Arbroath High School kindly agreed to put us through our paces. The choir had no library of music, and he managed to beg, borrow, but not steal music for the first session. Finances were almost nil, and with his other hat, burgh councillor Milroy encouraged the Singers to start up as an evening class, and he helped to obtain a degree of support for the first two years. What are friends for?”

He continued: “Since then, the choir has undertaken two concerts each year in Monifieth, and has accepted invitations to perform at various venues throughout Angus, into Perthshire, even the capital city itself.”

The group meets every Thursday in the Gerard Hall, Church Street, and is currently preparing for their Christmas Concert on December 19 in St Rules.

For more information visit www.monifiethsingers.com