Veteran choir on song to raise char­ity cash

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

A Cam­bus­lang church is to wel­come a choir for a char­ity concert at the start of next month.

The Glas­gow Phoenix Choir will per­form at Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 5.

Money raised from the af­ter­noon per­for­mance will go to­wards the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice and the Beat­son cancer char­ity, in mem­ory of Neil MacNaughton, a much-missed for­mer as­so­ciate choir mem­ber who came from Cam­bus­lang.

The Glas­gow Phoenix Choir rose out of the ashes of the world-fa­mous Glas­gow Or­pheus Choir and this year cel­e­brates 66 years of singing.

The choir is un­der the guid­ance of con­duc­tor Marilyn Smith MBE and Cameron Mur­doch, ac­com­pa­nist and de­pute con­duc­tor, and they per­form over 20 con­certs per year. Each in­volves a range of mu­sic from cho­ral stan­dards to new mu­sic and they fea­ture many solo per­for­mances by choir mem­bers.

Glas­gow Phoenix Choir record­ings re­ceive reg­u­lar play on lo­cal and na­tional ra­dio sta­tions. Their lat­est record­ing is a group of Scot­tish songs, recorded in St Andrew’s RC Metropoli­tan Cathe­dral, Glas­gow.

All pro­ceeds from this CD will ben­e­fit the St Andrew’s Hospice, which this year cel­e­brates 30 years of ser­vice to La­nark­shire and which is cur­rently in need of re­fur­bish­ment and restora­tion.

Spon­sor­ship by Co- op Funer­al­care has al­lowed the choir to take on more fundrais­ing con­certs and to travel fur­ther afield.

The choir’s most re­cent tour al­lowed them to take part in con­certs to raise funds for lo­cal char­i­ties in Strath­p­ef­fer, El­gin and on the Isle of Skye and their lat­est CD was also made pos­si­ble be­cause of spon­sor­ship.

The choir has raised over £1.5m for many char­i­ties in the 66 years of its ex­is­tence, which re­sulted in the award of the Paul Har­ris Fel­low­ship from Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional.

Tick­ets are priced at £7.50 and can be pur­chased from the church ev­ery Sun­day, on­line at www.we­gottick­ or from the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice char­ity shop on Main Street, Cam­bus­lang.

Money raised will go to­wards the Prince and Princess of Wales hospice and the Beat­son

Singing out The Glas­gow Phoenix will per­form in Cam­bus­lang

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