Lauderdale singers in fine voice for BGH project

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LAUDERDALE Community Choir’s spring concert raised a remarkable £1,100 for the Margaret Kerr Palliative Care Unit appeal.

The cash came by way of donations and raffle sales from the audience that packed the hall of Lauder Primary School for the 63-strong choir’s first, full concert.

One choir member said: “It was an amazing experience for us all. Not only was it great fun, it was moving and inspiring. The choir is a real community.”

Pre-concert nerves soon disappeared and the choir gave a wonderful performance and the audience responded with warmth and generosity both in their applause and by filling the collecting cans for the Margaret Kerr Palliative Care Unit appeal.

A choir spokeswoman said: “We are very grateful to everyone for their generosity.”

She went on: “One highlight of the evening was the world premiere of the full version of assistant conductor, Karin Griffin’s arrangement of Bonnie Lauderdale. We have performed the first two verses before, but the arrangement of the final verse was showcased on Friday in a rousing performance by the choir, conducted in great style by Karin.

“Our superb accompanist, Claire Brennan, gave a breathtaking performance of Debussy’s Clair de Lune, which was played with great beauty and feeling on the Yamaha digital piano which was gifted to the choir.”

Stephen Doughty, chorus master of the Belfast Philharmonic Choir, commented: “Throughout the enjoyable evening the strength of community spirit was clear to see and hear. The choir, having easily mastered the first rung of the concert ladder should feel very pleased with themselves for presenting such a wealth of music with such success. ”

Musical director, John Stone is about to leave after two years. The spokeswoman said: “John has taught us all so much, with gentle encouragement and strong leadership. He has shown us how to believe in ourselves. We are indebted to him for his hard work and dedication.

“Now we have to begin the task of looking for a new director. We are a large, enthusiastic group and we are keen to build on the firm foundation we have created.”

Anyone interested can visit the choir’s website for more details, or contact Helen Morton on 01896 860605 or email helen@blainslie.demon.co.uk. Rehearsals resume tonight at the Lauderdale Hotel, Lauder at 7.30pm and new members are welcome. There are no auditions and help is given to read music.

z Stephen Doughty’s full review of the concert, can be found on the choir’s website at http://onlineborders.org.uk/community/lcchoir