Choir’s on song at final concert
A Cambuslang choir have hit the high notes for the last time.
The Cambus Singers recently performed their final concert, after 28 years on the go.
They wrapped things up in fitting style, with a concert that earned £2,300 for the Aberlour children’s charity.
Over the years the popular choir’s concerts pulled in around £68,000 for various good causes.
And choir mistress Margaret Pringle, from Brownside Road in Cambuslang, admits it was an emotional farewell.
She said: “It was emotional, and not just for me but for the ladies as well – some of them had been in the choir for 28 years.
“Unfortunately, we couldn’t get anyone to take over, so that was that.
“I just felt that with the age I am that it was the time to go before taking on another series of concerts, because we did about 10 a year as well as our own two.
“Obvi ou s l y it ’s a voluntary thing and it can take up a bit of time, because you’ve got music to organise, programmes to organise and to pay for rehearsals. So you’ve got to know what you’re doing.”
Margaret taught at West Coats Primary, and the Cambus Singers first came together when some of the girls from a junior choir there joined up with ladies from the old St Paul’s Church.
Every year they would put on two shows of their own, one in December and one in May, as well as a selection of other concerts throughout the year.
Their members ranged in age from 20-somethings to pensioners over the years, with one member even still singing when she was aged 90.
They would perform a variety of material from classical music to theatre and folk songs, with songs from hit musicals proving particularly popular in recent years.
She added: “This year we did Les Miserables, and we’ve had things like Joseph or Fiddler On The Roof in the past.
“We all liked songs from Les Mis, they were always popular with the ladies.
“The last three concerts were all ones from the shows, and they went down very well with people.”
The singers raised an impressive amount of money for good causes over the years, and it’s one of the things Margaret was happiest about.
She said: “I’m pleased at the amount of money we raised for charity – at Christmas the money always went to CHAS, and at our May concert we varied it.
“This year it went to the Aberlour Trust, and we gave them £2,300.
“Over the years we’ve given about £68,000, and with CHAS we always liked the idea of a children’s charity benefitting at Christmas.”
And Margaret explained that although the music has now stopped, the ladies will continue to socialise.
“It was very sad but we’re all going to keep up.
“One or two of them had been there for the full 28 years, and our choir was like a family, so we’ve arranged to meet up on the date of our Christmas concerts in December, and then on the first Friday in May, which was always the date of the spring concert.
“My life has always been with music, both with the school and the choir, so I’ll need to think of something else to do now.”
Wine time The group had a cheese and wine evening in 1995
On song Margaret Pringle leads the Cambus Singers in 2009
Final cheque The Cambus Singers hand over a cheque to the Aberlour Trust after their final show