Hitting the right big notes for festive show
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