Musical fun at PSA show

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SELKIRK Amateur Operatic Society teamed up with Hawick PSA Male Voice Choir for a fundraising fun night of entertainment – all in aid of the Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal.

The concert in Hawick Town Hall saw 26 members of the 80-year-old choir welcome a host of talent from across the region for a near-three hour extravaganza.

Last Friday’s show started with the choir, conducted by Ann Witherington, singing Cool Water and they were then joined on stage by Joyce Tinlin and Debbie Lyons whose voices blended well with the men to give a rousing chorus of the Abba hit, Money, Money, Money.

Joyce and Debbie performed solos throughout the programme as did Steve Brown, Billy Jardine, George Storie, Geoff Ross and Drew Johnstone.

Debbie and Steve then combined well in People Will Say we’re in Love, from Oklahoma, and in the second half of the programme, George Storey showed off his vocal talents in If you Were the Only Girl in The World, while Geoff Ross’s Bring Him Home from Les Miserables was a popular choice.

Newcomers to the Hawick stage were the ladies and gentlemen of the SAOS under the baton of Nancy Muir, who has helped out the PSA choir at other venues in the Borders.

They were a hit with the Hawick audience with their songs from the shows routine. They society rounded their set off with a selection from their next production Oliver which is to be performed in February 2013.

A PSA spokesperson added: “Old favourites of a very young age are the members of the Hawick Youth Band under the baton of Rob Hume, and they delighted once again with a rumbustious and tuneful performance just after the interval.

“But the biggest cheers went to the members of that other homegrown group, the Lesley MacFarlane Dancers.

“Both the juniors and the seniors delighted the audience with their very modern and extremely mobile dances.

“We had everything from jazz to Riverdance and traditional Scottish Highland dancing thrown in for good measure, before a wonderful and noisy finale which had every pair of feet in total unison with the rest of the troupe.

“Behind the scenes Christine Lyon was in charge of the fast-moving production which went like clockwork even without a compere and in charge of the sound was Iain Scott who kept the soloists especially in balance with the piano.”

Hawick PSA Male Voice Choir president Billy Jardine said: “We are indebted to the many folk who helped to make this concert such a great success.

“We hope to be able to announce the amount soon which is being handed over to the Margaret Kerr project.”

Hawick PSA Male Voice Choir was founded in 1932 and had connections with the Congregational Church in the town. The PSA initials standing for Pleasant Sunday Afternoon.