Hit­ting the right big notes for fes­tive show

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Ian Bunt­ing

A multi-tal­ented Coat­bridge singer used to de­fy­ing the odds led the choir she as­sem­bled just four months ago into a Christ­mas cracker of a mu­si­cal cel­e­bra­tion.

Brave Kirsten Smith has been in re­mis­sion for more than a year af­ter beat­ing a rare form of can­cer, and her re­newed zest for life – and pas­sion for mu­sic – saw her form The Grace Notes troupe back in Au­gust.

And the dul­cet-toned song­birds filled the air at Kirk­shaws so­cial club in Kirsten’s home town when they per­formed a spe­cial Christ­mas con­cert.

The fan­tas­tic fes­tive spec­tac­u­lar marked the cul­mi­na­tion of an im­pres­sive start to life for The Grace Notes.

Kirsten, 24, ex­plains: “I used to be in choirs when I was younger but al­ways wanted to start up my own one and choose my own ma­te­rial.

“I launched The Grace Notes in Au­gust and we cur­rently have 20 mem­bers. There is a mix­ture of ages, from 17 to over-60, and most of the mem­bers are from Air­drie or Coat­bridge.

“We came up with the name by putting sug­ges­tions to­gether and hold­ing a vote. Ev­ery­one loves tak­ing part in the choir.

“Mu­sic is a great tool for peo­ple to come along and forget about their trou­bles for a few hours.

“The choir isn’t ac­cept­ing any new mem­bers at the mo­ment as we were fo­cused on the Christ­mas con­cert, which was su­perb.

“But we will wel­come new mem­bers over a month-long pe­riod in Jan­uary, with our meet­ings tak­ing place at The Ea­gle Inn pub in Coat­bridge on Tues­day nights.”

To find out more about The Grace Notes, and reg­is­ter an in­ter­est in join­ing the choir, con­tact Kirsten by phone on 07904 237043 or email at Kirsten­lee­smith@hot­mail.com

Christ­mas mu­sic The Grace Notes in tune

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