Linked choirs’ grand finale

musical duos and bands split up as often as Boris Johnson makes gaffes, but it is rare to see two huge choirs move in separate directions.

However, the Edinburgh Festival Theatre is the venue for the last joint concert – for an extended period at least – of Peebles’ InChorus and the Lothian and Borders and Tayside police choirs.

The groups are taking a break from one another as singing police men and women from across Scotland join together to form a super-group.

InChorus will continue to expand its programme of performances within the community, particularly in the Borders, as well as considering a European tour.

Andrew Russel, a policeman in Edinburgh who lives in Peebles, formed InChorus and Lothian and Borders Police Choir in 2008.

Tayside Police Choir followed in 2010, and as musical director of all three groups, Andrew led them to New York last year to sing as part of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

During this time, InChorus and the police choirs have filled Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and Festival Theatre, performing twice at the Scottish Parliament, at the Perthshire Amber Festival with singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean, and on radio and television.

Andrew said: “I’m genuinely proud to be presenting a concert that will show what modern choirs can do.

“This will be the last time that these choirs perform together as I begin to take them on different musical journeys.

“However, having travelled to New York together in an emotionally charged mission of compassion, the musical and personal gelling between the singers is such that their combined sound has to be heard to be believed.”

More than 220 voices will perform arrangements such as Jai Ho from the Oscar-winning film Slum Dog Millionaire, Jessie J’s Price Tag, Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer, a medley of TV themes and many others.

InChorus and Scottish Police in Concert starts at 7.30pm on Saturday, September 15. Tickets can be booked online at www.edtheatres.com or by calling the Edinburgh Festival Theatre Box Office on 0131 529 6000. A proportion of the proceeds will go to 
charity.