Lauderdale choir takes centre stage in Glasgow

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MORE than 60 members of the Lauderdale Community Choir, ranging from the youngest at 11 to some in their early 80s, took to the stage of Glasgow’s imposing Royal Concert Hall this week, pictured.

Part of Glasgow Music Festival, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Tuesday’s concert was for adult choir night during the two-week long festival. Although other choirs performing on the night were competing, the Lauderdale singers were not up against anyone since it was their debut.

However, adjudicator Douglas Coombes did give a complimentary assessment of the Borders choir and was so impressed that he offered to come down and conduct a workshop in Lauder yesterday.

Choir founder Helen Morton says the concert provided an exceptional experience for the choir’s members.

“It was an absolutely amazing experience for everyone – a stunningly good night,” she told TheSouthern. “And it was quite daunting for a group of people who have been together for less than a year and to appear in such a large venue. I thought they all did really well.”

The choir sang three numbers – a new arrangement of the popular Lauder Common Riding song, Bonnie Lauderdale, and two Beatles numbers – The Long and Winding Road and When I’m 64.

Conducting the choir on Tuesday night was John Stone, who told us: “I thought the choir did brilliantly – especially for a group so new to singing. They also did very well considering it was such a large and prestigious venue and with an adjudicator.

“But I could tell from the expressions on the faces of choir members that they were absolutely amazed by the whole event.

“I also think the adjudicator gave a very fair and accurate assessment of our performance.”

Mr Stone says work is now under way to put together a concert programme for the choir.

Lauderdale Community Choir is to perform at a charity function in the town on March 26 and again prior to the common riding in the summer.