Singers mark spring with conductor’s first concert
KILMALLIE Singers will stage its first concert with Catherine MacDonald as full-time conductor next week.
The choir will perform traditional pieces including Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Zadok the Priest and more contemporary numbers including John Lennon’s Imagine alongside the Cill Chuimein Community Choir of Fort Augustus with its conductor Kathryn Sharples. The concert, named Spring, Glorious
Spring, will take place on Saturday May 20 in Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church from 7.30pm.
The singers will be accompanied by Jennifer Skene on piano and Kevin Cameron on the organ. Kevin will also perform solo. Mrs MacDonald is no stranger to conducting the choir. Although this is her first concert since becoming conductor in January this year, following Andrew Simpson’s retiral last year, she is a music teacher and has stepped in to help the choir in the past.
She said: ‘I did one concert before when Andrew was ill. I stood in at the last minute. I was asked if I would step in after he left and I used to deputise for [ previous conductor] Heather.
‘I enjoy conducting. It’s a lovely friendly choir and they’re pretty good.
‘ We’ve got some professionals and some good amateurs. We’ve also got new members as well so it should be good. I’m looking forward to the concert.’
Tickets for the event are available on the door and there will be a retiring collection for Clic Sargent and Christian Aid.
Catherine and the choir are practising hard for their upcoming concert.