GOOD CAUSE Festive voices to ring out in church
Choir returning to Stonelaw this Christmas
A p opular choir have an n o u n ce d de t a i l s o f their Christmas concert in Rutherglen.
Caledonian Voices will perform at Stonelaw Church on Friday December 19, and are promising a suitably festive show.
It’s the third year in a row that the choir will be appearing at Stonelaw, and the funds raised on the night will go towards a good cause too, in the shape of the Cambuslang and Rutherglen Reachout Trust.
Caledonian Voices consists of singers who are either embarking on a professional career or who are still studying at university, but want to keep singing in a chamber choir.
It’s the brainchild of Calum Fraser and Rutherglen man Andrew McTaggert, a former Stonelaw pupil who stayed near Dryburgh Avenue.
Andrew’s keen to get back for this year’s Christmas concert.
He said: “This is the third one we’ve done at Stonelaw and we’re just sorting out the programme.
“There’s some classical music, there’s some sing-a-long carols and if you like the traditional Christmas feel then there’s candles, the church is lit in a really nice way and there’s mulled wine and shortbread at the interval. It’s a lovely evening.”
The concert will also ensure funds are raised for the Reachout Trust, the group that tries out to help children and teenagers experience the Christian faith in a positive way.
Andrew added: “I remembered going along to a few events when I was younger and it’s good to come back and raise some money for them.
“The Trust gets a lot of support from the local churches but the workload they have is outwith that, and it’s good for the community to try and support them.
“In the past we’ve raised over £1,000 for them and we’re looking forward to raising some more.”
A graduate from the Royal Conser vatoire of Sc o tla n d , Andrew has performed on many occasions with Scottish Opera, as well as working with the composer James MacMillan, while he set up Caledonian Voices six years ago.
He said: “There’s not many opportunities to sing in a chamber choir after you go into your twenties and go beyond the National Youth Choir of Scotland.
“We really wanted to create something that was of a high standard and we do about four concerts a year.
“It’s a chance for people who are serious about singing and have studied it in some capacity to sing in a chamber group. The singers before they come here are very good, so it’s like working with a Rolls-Royce - they’re the best you can imagine.”
The Christmas concert is on Friday, December 19, at Stonelaw Church.
Tickets are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Impressive Caledonian Voices will perform at Stonelaw Church on Friday December 19
On song Former Stonelaw High School pupil Andrew McTaggert