TWEED Valley Male Voices, along with guests St Ronan’s Future Band, entertained a full house at its launch concert in Innerleithen.
Formed just over a year ago under the direction of Helen Furness, the choir’s performance had a black and turquoise theme, from their new dress code to the colour of the table covers.
Various popular songs, including nursery rhymes, were included in the concert by Tweed Valley, and with the audience invited to join in, the total effect was glorious fun, with much laughter.
Then it was the turn of St Ronan’s Future Band. Conducted by David Robb, this young, talented group of instrumentalists delighted the audience with five pieces.
The band was then joined by the singers for I’m Gonna Walk (500 Miles) and Highland Cathedral, which included a small trombone part from 11-year-old Rory Murray, whose performance stole the limelight to bring the first half of the concert to a triumphant close.
The second half began with Guilio Caccini’s Ave Maria, and by Bring Him Home from Les Miserables, before Mark Taylor gave an evocative performance of Music of the Night from The Phantom of the Opera.
The mood then changed to country and western, with Tom Harrison leading the prairie song Ghost Riders of the Sky, with the audience joining in.
A nautical theme was then introduced, with Four Jolly Sailormen, What Shall we do with a Drunken Sailor and O Sinner Man.
Sentimental Journey and Steal Away to Jesus preceded the finale, the rousing Battle Hymn of the Republic.
David Mundell MP, the group’s new patron, said: “I am delighted to be the patron to this new and exciting choir that is making a big impression in the Tweed Valley and beyond, and I hope, like me, people will take the opportunity to see them perform in the future.”
For further information about the choir, phone 01896 870544.