Overwhelmed by the huge success of the magnificent Summer Concert ‘Feel the Spirit’ and bouyed by the inspirational conducting of the composer of the Choral Work of the same name, John Rutter, CBE, the choir went off for summer holidays looking forward with renewed enthusiasm and motivation for the resumption of rehearsals in August. Then there was the contribution made by the guest solist, Cheryl Forbes, Mezzo-Soprano of whom John Rutter said afterwards “when I wrote ‘Feel the Spirit’ I never felt a white singer could do the solo spirituals justice until that is, Cheryl sang them”. In the first half of the Concert the choir excelled itself under the baton of its Musical Director, Paul Keohone in a series of songs originating from the continent of Africa, some of which were in the original African language. The choir is also indebted to its interim accompanist, Gordon Cree who so ably replaced our regular accompanist who has been indisposed for most of the year. Shortly after the Concert, the choir was thrilled and delighted to hear that John Rutter had accepted an invitation to become Patron to the Choir.
In the meantime work begins in August on carols and other seasonal items for the Christmas Concert on Sunday 13th December. Before then however, there will be another public appearance for the Choir on Sunday 25th October at 7.30pm in the City Halls, Glasgow when the choir will be joining with other local choirs for a gala concert: ‘Glasgow Choirs Spectacular’. Tickets priced £15 and £10 Concession are available from Glasgow Concert Halls website and box offices.