GOOD CAUSE Fes­tive voices to ring out in church

Choir re­turn­ing to Stonelaw this Christ­mas

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Geddes

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 info@cale­do­nian­

Im­pres­sive Cale­do­nian Voices will per­form at Stonelaw Church on Fri­day De­cem­ber 19

On song For­mer Stonelaw High School pupil An­drew McTag­gert

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