Something for everyone at concert

Soprano Melanie Gowie is set to appear with Arbroath Male Voice Choir at their next concert.
Soprano Melanie Gowie is set to appear with Arbroath Male Voice Choir at their next concert.

Arbroath Male Voice Choir are tuning up for their annual Spring Concert which will take place later this month.

It will be held in the Webster Memorial Theatre on Friday, March 20, and they will be joined by a special guest.

Acting choir president, Gordon Law announced: “We have another great programme lined up, with a brilliant new accompanist and a few light-hearted surprises in store! Our guest this year is the Carnoustie soprano Melanie Gowie, who, as a girl, took part in the Arbroath Music Festival and in musicals at the Webster Memorial Theatre. Our musical director, Sheena Guthrie, once played Rose in the musical Gypsy at the Webster, and Melanie played one of her daughters! We’re looking forward to a splendid evening of great music and fun.”

Melanie studied music in Cardiff and Glasgow and in 1999 was named Young Singer of the Year. She had a successful spell in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ playing Carlotta on the West End stage from 2007 to 2010. In 2013 Melanie decided to return to her studies in pursuit of an operatic career and in 2013 was awarded a scholarship for the prestigious Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow under the tutelage of international opera singer Judith Howarth. She made her operatic debut last summer.

Gordon continued: “Melanie’s selection of songs for our Spring Concert will have something for everyone, from Broadway to Scotland, from Gershwin, Lloyd Webber and Cole Porter to Barber and Faust.

“If you’ve never been to a male voice choir concert before, this is a great opportunity to discover the special sound of 40 men singing four part harmony, you might even want to join us next season!”

The Arbroath Male Voice Choir was founded in 1934 and currently has around 40 members from across Angus and Dundee. Its musical director is Sheena Guthrie and accompanist is Brian Hirst.

Tickets are £15 from the Webster Memorial Theatre box office, open Tuesday to Friday 1-6 p.m. and Saturday 10-3 p.m. or on 01241 435800.