Singers pre­pare for sum­mer con­certs

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Sum­mer is ap­proach­ing and with it comes the se­ries of sum­mer con­certs from the Ar­ran Singers.

If past shows are any­thing to go by, these con­certs should prove to be very en­joy­able events in­deed, with a wide va­ri­ety of mu­sic, from a va­ri­ety of eras, from a num­ber of dif­fer­ent places, a range of dif­fer­ent per­form­ers, in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent styles.

Start­ing with Pur­cell from the 17th cen­tury, mu­sic from each suc­ceed­ing cen­tury will be fea­tured, right up to the present.

In­cluded will be some of the great cho­ral clas­sics by Bach, Rossini and Brahms, go­ing right through to Eric Whi­tacre’s lovely Seal Lul­laby, writ­ten just a few years ago.

The post-war Broad­way mu­si­cals will be fea­tured in mu­sic by Lerner and Lowe, and Rodgers and Ham­mer­stein, while the mu­sic from the 1960s sees a med­ley of hits by Si­mon and Gar­funkel.

Two guest groups will also be ap­pear­ing, Vi­vace and Ain’t Mis­be­havin’, each bring­ing their own dis­tinc­tive reper­toire and style to the pro­ceed­ings.

Mu­si­cal jig­saw

As usual, some soloists from the choir will also fea­ture, and to add other pieces to the mu­si­cal jig­saw, there will be two dif­fer­ent in­stru­men­tal fea­tures too – ac­cor­dion so­los and pi­ano duets.

The first con­cert is on Satur­day May 26 in the com­mu­nity the­atre in Lam­lash, the sec­ond, a week later, Satur­day June 2 in Lochranza and Cat­a­col vil­lage hall. Both con­certs are at 7.30pm, and there will be re­fresh­ments at the in­ter­val.

So mark the dates in your diaries and come to what prom­ise to be a very en­joy­able evenings of mu­sic.

Pho­tos: David and Emma Ingham

It’s not all se­ri­ous as some of the choir share a lighter mo­ment.

The Ar­ran Singers are busy with re­hearsals for the shows.

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