Arbroath’s answer to the Military Wives Choir delighted their audience on Friday with an evening of good music and Christmas cheer.
The pews of Barry Parish Church were nearly filled to bursting as Rev. Dougal Edwards welcomed the audience, which included guests from 45 Commando and 7 (Sphinx) Battery, Royal Artillery, and the ladies from the Condor Wives Choir were introduced by compere Rev. Michael Goss.
Proceeds from ticket sales were given to charity, with a total of £525 split between Help For Heroes and SAAFA, the chosen causes of the Condor Wives Choir.
They sang a selection of festive favourites such as ‘White Christmas’, ‘Winter Wonderland’, ‘Deck The Halls’ and ‘Let It Snow’ split across three sections.
Also included were tunes including U2’s ‘With Or Without You’, Take That’s ‘Rule The World’, and ‘Stronger Together’, the hit charity single by The Military Wives Choir and celebrity choir master Gareth Malone.
After the ladies had finished their set, the Rev. Matthew Bickett was on stage to play Beethoven’s ‘Pathetique Sonata’, ‘Musical Clock’ by Nielsen and ‘Red Rose For A Blue Lady’ among others on the piano.
Community carol singing was interspersed throughout the night and the audience took voice with favourites like ‘Hark The Herald Angels Sing’ and ‘Away In A Manger’.
The vote of thanks was given by Rev. Goss and refreshments were provided by members of the Barry Parish Church congregational board.
A spokesperson for the concert organisers said: “One thing about the ladies’ singing, they sang in four part harmony which is very difficult for ladies to do and they did it very well. We were very pleased, everyone was. They were still speaking about the concert at the church on Sunday and how much they enjoyed it.”