Peebles choir flies out for anniversary

Andrew Russell
Andrew Russell

A PEEBLESSHIRE choir, founded just three years ago, yesterday boarded a flight to New York where they will take a significant role, representing Scotland, at of the 10th anniversary commemoration of 9/11.

“We are all very excited and not entirely sure what to expect,” admitted InChorus founder member and manager Moira Pearson before the party of 66 left Peebles at 5.45am.

“We do know it will be an unforgettable experience and very moving, and I know we all feel very privileged.”

The trip has been organised by Inchorus musical director and serving senior police officer Andrew Russel. Fundraising for the trip began in earnest last year after the community choir, joined by singers from Tayside and Lothian and Borders Police – also under Andrew’s tutelage – performed in a 9/11 anniversary concert in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.

Members have raised around £60,000 to cover the costs of their trip and the combined Scottish choirs, with 100 singers, are due to give their first performance at Grand Central Station tonight.

Tomorrow they will appear at an afternoon service at the British Memorial Garden near Wall Street, a paved area dedicated to the 67 UK citizens who died in the atrocity.

As part of their programme, the singers will perform a special arrangement combining The Star Spangled Banner with Amazing

Grace, with 21-year-old Sophie Dyer from Peebles taking the solo.

The choir’s visit, which includes a Saturday concert organised by the New York Police Department, has attracted media interest and an interview with Peter Allan for BBC Radio 5 Live is due to be broadcast tomorrow at 9pm.