Thrilling opera and cantatas promised

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Arbroath Choral Society will appear on Sunday for their annual Spring Concert and an exciting programme is expected.

The programme at St Andrew’s Church will be split into two distinct parts, with the first part dedicated to Mendelssohn’s ‘Hymn Of Praise’.

It was written in 1840 to commemorate Gutenberg’s 15th century invention of the printing press, and the finale which the Choral Society will perform comprises nine vocal sections that explore a number of variations for vocal combinations of choir and soloists and is a beautiful cantata.

Accompanying the choir will be a 30 piece orchestra drawn from all over Tayside.

The second half of the programme is a feast of popular opera choruses such as Nabucco’s ‘Chorus Of The Hebrew Slaves’, the ‘Anvil Chorus’ from ‘Il Trovatore’, Mascagni’s ‘Easter Hymn’ and from Puccini’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ the haunting ‘Humming Chorus’.

Special guests are soloists soprano Jill Harrison and tenor Jonathan Cooke and society member Elaine Taylor will duet with Jill in ‘I Waited For The Lord’.

Jill is well known locally as principal teacher of music at Arbroath High School and has sung many classic principle soprano roles such as Handel’s ‘Messiah’, Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ and Verdi’s ‘Requiem Mass’. A native of Dundee Jill studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Jonathan is a postgraduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and last year won the Frank Spedding Lieder Prize and will take his place this year at the Alexander Gibson Opera School.

Conductor Jane Miller, accompanist Alison Hart and the choir look forward to welcoming their audience at 7.30 p.m. on Sunday in St Andrew’s Church.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £3 for children and are available on the door.