Choir in tune for concert

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The curtain rises next week on an extraordinary series of 80th anniversary concerts by the Arbroath Male Voice Choir.

The choir will be joined by very special guest, Lesley Garrett, Britain’s favourite soprano, at the Webster Memorial Theatre on Thursday and Friday next week.

Ticket sales have been strong with purchases from around the country. However, there are still good seats available on the Thursday evening performance.

“It’s a real honour to have Lesley as our special guest for these, our 80th anniversary concerts and we feel very proud to be able to bring an artiste of such calibre to Arbroath. But I would urge people to get their tickets now, before it is too late and they miss out on a rare treat,” said Kenny Southorn, choir president.

“It’s a dream come true for the 43 members of Arbroath Male Voice Choir who hail from across Angus and Dundee.

“Its a chance in a lifetime to sing with an international singing superstar – naturally we’re all very excited about the concerts and its a wonderful way to celebrate 80 years of music making.

“Arbroath Male Voice Choir will be singing a varied programme, ranging from musical theatre to popular classical, film songs to operetta– something for everyone. We like variety and are determined to demonstrate the power, passion and relevance of male voice choir singing in the 21st century.

“Lesley joins the choir to sing a number of specially arranged pieces as well as her much anticipated solo features; she made a tremendous impact during her last visit in 2012, we can’t wait for this year’s delights from this wonderful musical ambassador.”

Lesley will be joined by accompanist David Barnard.

In January 2014, David was appointed as Head of Music for the State Opera of South Australia and Head Staff Accompanist to the University of Melbourne woodwind faculty.

Arbroath Male Voice Choir will be under the musical direction of Sheena Guthrie and accompanied by Alison Hart.

Tickets are priced £20 and are available from the Webster Memorial Theatre box office either in person or by phoning 01241 435800.