Superb Concert for Christmas

Members of Arbroath Male Voice at their Christmas Carol concert in St Andrews Church. Seated centre right is guest artiste Colette Ruddy, centre is musical director Sheena Guthrie, and centre left is accompanist Alison Hart.
Members of Arbroath Male Voice at their Christmas Carol concert in St Andrews Church. Seated centre right is guest artiste Colette Ruddy, centre is musical director Sheena Guthrie, and centre left is accompanist Alison Hart.

THE CHESTNUTS were definitely roasting, the bells were jingling and the halls were decked on Sunday when Arbroath Male Voice Choir held their annual Concert for Christmas in St Andrew’s Church.

There was a superb evening of seasonal entertainment on offer with something for all. The 43-strong choir was joined by special guests Colette Ruddy (mezzo-soprano) and the fabulous Arbroath Instrumental Band.

The choir opened with the joyful ‘Carol of the Mistletoe Singers’ and throughout the evening continued to entertain the capacity audience with a well balanced and executed programme of familiar Christmas favourites as well as lesser known but equally entertaining seasonal fare.

Their finale, ‘Joy to the World’ was a true joy to the ears, especially the ending phrases. The choir members were clearly enjoying themselves and this happy atmosphere permeated the evening’s proceedings.

Dundee born Colette complemented the choir perfectly with an enchanting holiday-time musical journey of carols and songs. Particular highlights of her programme were ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘A Slumber Song of the Madonna’. The audience was held in rapture as Colette expertly wove her seasonal musical magic during her solos.

The Arbroath Instrumental Band under their conductor Michael Robertson was outstanding. As well as playing a great range of tunes the ensemble also accompanied the choir and audience throughout the evening with five traditional ‘carols for all’.

A new feature closed the concert this year, that being a special swing-along-sing-along session, where everybody came together to sing, ‘Winter Wonderland’, ‘All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth’ and ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ led by the band.

Many people consider that Christmas has only truly begun when they have been to Arbroath Male Voice Choir’s December concert and no one there on Sunday could be left in any doubt that ‘tis the season to be jolly once again.

The choir was under the expert musical direction of Sheena Guthrie and special guest accompanist was Alison Hart.

Tickets for Arbroath Male Voice Choir’s Gala Concerts with Lesley Garrett next March are currently available at the Webster Memorial Theatre box office.

RJI