ONE of the musical highlights of spring in Hawick is the annual concert from the Hawick PSA Male Voice Choir and the lads are busy practising for this year’s concert, which takes place in Teviot Church on Wednesday, March 27, at 7.30pm.
Under the baton of Ann Witherington, the choir has, over the past two years, also hosted charity concerts in the town hall, but as far as the members and their supporters are concerned, the big night of the year is the annual spring concert and again they are hoping for an audience of around 300 to help them lift the rafters.
Among the songs they are rehearsing are some old favourites, including Sweet Genevieve, Passing By by Edward Purcell and Pedro the Fisherman from The Lisbon Story. Of course, no male voice choir concert would be complete without some hymn tunes and this year Deep Harmony, Calon Lan and Morte Christe are included to give the four sections of the choir plenty to work with and show off their undoubted talents.
Ann Witherington has added some new material to the repertoire this year and Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel are listed, with Bridge Over Troubled Water in a super arrangement for choir by Alan Simmons.
Elvis isn’t forgotten, either, with Love Me Tender sure to have the audience humming and foot-tapping along.
There is a full programme including these hits and many others, and this year’s guests all are from the town, too, with Joyce Tinlin and Debbie Lyons performing as soloists, and including duets in their programme. In the choir programme is Seventy-six Trombones so a novel and welcome addition this year is Colin Crozier, who will be representing the top of the brass section with his cornet solos.
Tickets are £8 each and are now with members of the choir and at Deans & Simpsons. You can also get your tickets at the PSA Choir Coffee Morning in Trinity Church on Saturday, March 9, from 10am, where you will also hear a preview of a few of the songs being prepared for the annual concert.