McLel­lan Fes­ti­val comes to a fit­ting fi­nale

The Arran Banner - - Leisure -

The McLel­lan Arts Fes­ti­val was to prove a whirl­wind 10 days end­ing last Sun­day with a spir­ited per­for­mance of Beethoven’s Mass in C un­der the ex­pe­ri­enced ba­ton of Alec Crow and the McLel­lan Fes­ti­val Cho­rus.

The choral con­cert in the com­mu­nity the­atre was much ap­pre­ci­ated by the au­di­ence as have been all per­for­mances this fes­ti­val in­clud­ing the opera gala, both of which in­volved the stu­dents of the North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic in Manch­ester who at­tended this year’s sum­mer school on Ar­ran.

There was also the com­pelling, imag­i­na­tive and, at times, pow­er­ful the­atre from the drama stu­dents of the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land in Cor­rie and San­nox Hall last Satur­day the ex­u­ber­ant and en­ter­tain­ing per­for­mance of Scots Makar Jackie Kay, the fas­ci­nat­ing and thought­ful fo­rum with Tim Pomeroy, the in­ter­est­ing stu­dent and ar­chive films, the fun of the ra­dio drama talk by David Hunter, the beauty of the sa­cred mu­sic and the plea­sure of McLel­lan’s words in Cor­rie Church and the warmth of this year’s poet Maura Doo­ley.

Or­gan­is­ers say the fes­ti­val is amongst the best they have had and, as al­ways thanks are due to the many who con­trib­uted to its suc­cess.

In par­tic­u­lar they would thank all those who per­formed in­clud­ing the lo­cal per­form­ers: An­gus Adam­son, Ar­ran Dawn, Biff, Sarah Cook, John Cruik­shank, Dram­busters, Heather Gough, Stu­art Gough, Colin Guthrie, Joni Keen, Keith Robert­son, Ailsa McNi­col, Ge­orge Pet­ti­grew,Tim Pomeroy, John Sil­lars, Spike and Peter Wil­son.

They would also like to thank the Auchran­nie Re­sort, The Dou­glas Ho­tel, Ar­ran Aro­mat­ics, The Book and Card Shop, Ar­ran Ban­ner, Ar­ran Events, Ar­ran Lodge, KA Leisure, Whit­ing Bay Vil­lage Hall, Cor­rie and San­nox Vil­lage Hall, Brod­ick Li­brary, Colin Guthrie for ac­com­mo­da­tion, front of house vol­un­teers from the McLel­lan Fes­ti­val steer­ing group and, of course, grate­ful thanks to all those warm and ap­pre­cia­tive peo­ple who at­tended the per­for­mances.

If any­one out there would like to join our steer­ing group or be­come in­volved please email Heather at gough.carlo@bt­in­ter­net.com or phone 01770 302670.

The stu­dents of the Ar­ran sum­mer school who per­formed the tu­tor Peter Wil­son.

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A sec­tion of McLel­lan Fes­ti­val Cho­rus per­form Beethoven’s Mass in C.

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The sum­mer school stu­dents and the cho­rus per­form Beethoven’s Mass in C.

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Drama stu­dents from the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land re­hearse in Cor­rie hall. They are back, from left: El­liot Bax­ter, Edd Soper, and Olivia Bar­row­clough. In front are Me­gan Valen­tine and Kay McAl­lis­ter.

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