Mu­sic en­thu­si­asts show real spirit

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - ARTS AND STAGE - By Gareth Alexan­der

David Small, right, re­hearses with mem­bers of the new mu­si­cal group Con Spir­ito.

TWO Aberdeen mu­sic stu­dents have taken their pas­sion for tunes and theatre a step fur­ther than most – by launch­ing their own group. And all of the hard work by David Small, 20, and Ailsa Fowler, 21, is set to bear fruit at Con Spir­ito’s pre­miere show to­mor­row night. But co-founder David, the show’s mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, said the group came about al­most by ac­ci­dent. He said: “A cou­ple of my friends just got to­gether for a sing-song and we ended up de­vel­op­ing it and mak­ing it as it is. We just thought ‘let’s do a show, why not?’”. The per­for­mance of Raise Your Voice is sure to be a bel­ter, with the first act made up of mu­si­cal theatre favourites – such as Some­where Over The Rain­bow – and the sec­ond act the group’s take on con­tem­po­rary hits. Al­though David has tread the boards be­fore, this show, at Torry’s St Fitticks Parish Church at 7.30pm, will mark his pro­duc­tion de­but. “We have had chal­lenges,” he said. “We’re re­hears­ing at Ailsa’s house, which is okay to get to­gether and sing, but when you’re putting on a show, you re­ally need re­hearsal space. “The other chal­lenge has been mu­si­cally. Some of the songs are chal­leng­ing for the group and my­self. But we’ve got to a very good stan­dard.” David said his var­ied, 12-strong cast were rar­ing to go. “We have be­gin­ners, in­ter­me­di­ates and ad­vanced level singers,” he said. “We’ve got a cou­ple of mu­sic per­for­mance grad­u­ates and some peo­ple who just en­joy singing,” he said. And he pointed to the

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