Langlee singers prepare for Gala gig

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A Borders ensemble that is going from strength to strength will play one of their biggest gigs to date next Saturday evening.

Langlee Community Choir are on the same bill as internationally-renowned Treorchy Male Choir in the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels.

The choir was formed in March last year when Judith Cleghorn of Langlee Residents Association – inspired by Gareth Malone and his Military Wives Choir – approached professional musician Chris Achenbach a year ago.

Their latest performances saw the choir have the honour of performing at the Braw Lads’ mixing of the roses ceremony.

In September they will be singing at the Langlee Carnival, and will hold various concerts around Christmas time.

Simon Currie of the choir said: “Singing is a stress-busting way to have fun and meet new friends, and the choir is open to anyone of any age who wants to sing.

“There are no auditions, and ability to read music is not essential.

“The music performed ranges from Henry VIII to the modern day, including opera, musicals, folk and pop.”

Judith told The Southern earlier this year: “I think it is an achievement that we have attracted people from outwith the estate to come to Langlee to join the choir.

“It has given them a different perspective, rather than thinking they cannot wait to get out of Langlee.”

Anyone wishing to join should come along to rehearsals at 7pm on Mondays in Langlee Community Centre.

Tickets for the show on August 10 with Treorchy are priced at £20 and can be bought by phoning Keith Irvine on 07773 142226 or Bill Turner on 07766 378879.

The concert is in aid of the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust.