Bonny lad sings for auld lang syne once more

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Www.perth­con­ Tanya Macnaughton

GRE­GORY Moore has worn a Royal Ste­wart tar­tan kilt for nearly half his life de­spite the fact he has no ‘im­me­di­ate’ Scot­tish her­itage.

The Bris­bane tenor, who cel­e­brated his 40th birth­day this month while per­form­ing with male pop opera trio La Forza aboard cruise ship Golden Princess, joined pro­duc­tion Scot­land the Brave as an orig­i­nal cast mem­ber in 1998 while in his fi­nal year at the Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic.

He has been singing when­ever the show has toured since then in­clud­ing con­certs in Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Canada and at New York’s Lin­coln Cen­tre.

“It’s been seven years since we’ve last done the show and we just came back to­gether,” Moore said.

“It was like rid­ing a bike and felt like no time has passed at all.

“I’m very pro­tec­tive of the role and be­cause I’ve been in­volved since the be­gin­ning, I’d feel very strange if I wasn’t in it.”

Con­ducted by Sean O’boyle, the per­for­mances at Perth Con­cert Hall on July 22 will fea­ture Moore, so­prano Ch­eryl Barker and Celtic fid­dler Mar­cus Holden with the WA Po­lice Pipe Band, the Scot­tish High­land Dance Academy, the Phillips Cho­rale and an or­ches­tra.

Moore said au­di­ences could ex­pect a big fi­nale with the cast of more than 100 and a set list that in­cluded Amaz­ing Grace, Auld Lang Syne, The Gael, Ye Banks and Braes and a per­sonal favourite, Sail­boat by O’boyle.

“I’m just drawn to the mu­sic and the style of that mu­sic suits my voice,” he said.

“They’re such clas­sic tunes and there’s some­thing stir­ring about the bag­pipes.

“Mu­sic can take peo­ple on a jour­ney that brings up fond mem­o­ries of their home­land or other fam­ily mem­bers, but I think the power of Scot­tish mu­sic does that even bet­ter.”

Moore, who is also a singing teacher, said the 1998 show was the first time he had donned a kilt and the choice of tar­tan came from ne­ces­sity.

“I wear the Royal Ste­wart tar­tan be­cause at the time it was the only one that fit from the com­pany we were hir­ing from.

“I was only 21, so a lit­tle bit slim­mer than I am now,” he said. “And when I de­cided to buy my own kilt, I con­tin­ued with the Royal Ste­wart be­cause it looked so great on stage.”

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