Choir’s on song at fi­nal con­cert

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

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

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