New fes­tive song for the Dal­ri­ada Singers

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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.

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