Something to sing about as society hits 100

HAWICK, UNITED KINGDOM: 13 March 2011'Hawick Amateur Operatic Society'present Disney's "Beauty & The Beast"''(photo: Rob Gray)
HAWICK, UNITED KINGDOM: 13 March 2011'Hawick Amateur Operatic Society'present Disney's "Beauty & The Beast"''(photo: Rob Gray)
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ONE hundred years of Hawick Amateur Operatic Society will be celebrated in Hawick Town Hall later this month with two centenary concerts packed with songs from past productions.

“Everyone has worked really hard over the summer months under the production team of musical director Derek Calder, choreographer Anne Anderson and producer Brian McGlasson in preparation for this very special occasion,” said vice-president Shelagh Duncan.

The shows will be on Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17, at 7.30pm.

“We are delighted that many past members have joined in as well, such as Letta Dalgleish, Rita and George Storie, Pat Sutherland, Billy Jardine, Jim Wallace and Ron Watson,” said Shelagh. “We are also thrilled that Royal Opera singer and former society stalwart Elliot Goldie will sing one or two solos.”

The programme will include pieces from the society’s first show in 1911 – Gilbert and Sillivan’s HMS Pinafore – and this year’s offering, Beauty and the Beast.

“Each evening will be packed with solos and choruses from favourite shows such as Hello Dolly, Calamity Jane, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady and many others,” said Shelagh. “Also included will be some numbers such as Rhythm of Life and Master of the House from the cabarets we have performed over the years.”

A climactic numbers each night will be Oklahoma and Shelagh hopes past members of the society will come up on stage and take part, to form the largest chorus ever assembled on the Town Hall stage.

Tickets, priced £7, are available from The Honey Pot, the Home and Baby shop on High Street or by calling 01450 376242. Doors open at 7pm. Seating on the Saturday night concert is at tables.