New festive song for the Dalriada Singers
Whisper it ... but Christmas is not too far away.
The Dalriada Singers are already thinking about the festive season and their Christmas concert.
The choral group head off on a new tack for this year's event in Ardrishaig Parish Church.
Rather than presenting a pot-pourri of carols and readings, the choir will perform a programme of longer works in contrasting styles.
The first will be Ralph Vaughan Williams's richly sonorous Fantasia on Christmas Carols, which demonstrates the deep influence of folk music on the composer.
This will be followed by extracts from Benjamin Britten's hauntingly evocative Ceremony of Carols, originally composed for three-part boys’ choir but here adapted for conventional fourpart mixed voices.
The programme will conclude with the unashamedly populist Christmas cantata Night of Miracles by the American evangelical composer John Willard Peterson.
The Christmas concert will be held in Ardrishaig Parish Church at 7.30pm on Saturday December 16.
The choir will go on to take part in a traditional carol service the following afternoon in St Columba's Church, Poltalloch, and plan to return there at the end of April for their spring concert, featuring the ever-popular Requiem by Gabriel Fauré and a selection of chansons by the irrepressible Francis Poulenc.
New members are always welcome – and you can hear or join the choir in rehearsal action in Ardrishaig North Hall, on Wednesday evenings from September 6 from 7.30pm to 9pm.
Dalriada Singers performed on the Vic 32 earlier this year.