Pleasant Sunday afternoon at Selkirk

Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir
Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir

SELKIRK Parish Church should have the rafters well and truly shaken on Sunday, April 14, at 2.30pm, when the Hawick PSA Male Voice Choir and the Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir join forces for what promises to be a great choral event.

The Hawick choir are well-known around the Borders, having performed in Galashiels, Peebles, Berwick, Selkirk and Kelso in the past as well as, of course, in their native Hawick.

This year, they are celebrating their 81st birthday as a musical unit.

However, for their guests, who come from the border country between Devon and Cornwall, this will be their first foray into the Scottish Borders and Selkirk marks their very first concert in Scotland.

The choir, pictured top of page, were formed on St George’s Day in 2006, so they are a very young unit, although their members would hasten to add they are far from being youngsters – either in years or in musical talent.

The Tamar Valley is a few miles north of Plymouth and the river which divides Cornwall from Devon is their home territory, so a strong sound is assured – from the two most southern counties in the British Isles to the Borders.

The two choirs will be performing as individual 
units in the concert, but promise to come together for a huge finale, combing 30 home-grown voices from the Borders with almost 40 from south-west England, a sound which should make the rafters dirl in the Selkirk Parish Church.

Tickets, priced £6, are now on sale at the Selkirk Church Office (Tel 01750 720078); at McCuddens the Newsagents in Selkirk High Street and from members of the Hawick PSA Choir.

Proceeds after expenses will go to the Selkirk Parish Church Restoration Fund.

The Tamar Valley Choir will also perform in Peebles Old Parish Church at 7.30pm on the same date. Ticket details will follow – watch this space!