Sym­phony’s ‘Songs and a Scone’ cre­ates a choir

Campbeltown Courier - - LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT -

‘Bella mama, bella mama, yay!’ was the tune a BBC work­shop leader used to help in­spire an im­promptu choir. Lucy Dr­ever gave a free singing mas­ter­class at Camp­bel­town Town Hall on Sun­day af­ter­noon, ac­com­pa­nied by Alice Rickards on vi­o­lin, Rhoslyn Law­ton on vi­ola, Alice Allen on cello, Thomas Lowe on per­cus­sion, Joanna Ni­chol­son on clar­inet, Fer­gus Kerr on French horn and An­drew Con­nell-Smith on trum­pet. For more than three hours, the choir learned about the craft of singing through songs in­clud­ing: The Sound of Mu­sic Med­ley, Bheir mi oh, March of the Women and L-O-V-E. In ad­di­tion, with the help of Camp­bel­to­nian horn player Fer­gus Kerr, a quar­tet sang four verses of Kin­tyre bal­lad The Road to Drum­le­man. To­wards the end of the af­ter­noon, there was a com­plete per­for­mance with BBC SSO pro­ducer Dou­glas Tem­ple­ton record­ing sound and film­ing by cam­era­man Johnny Lav­ille and ad­min­is­tra­tor Cairis­tiona Swain­son, on sec­ond cam­era. By Sun­day evening, the BBC SSO’s con­cert, at Vic­to­ria Hall last night, was a sell-out with de­mand out­strip­ping sup­ply. On Wed­nes­day lunchtime, the full orches­tra per­formed in the new hall at Camp­bel­town Gram­mar School.

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The BBC’s Lucy Dr­ever, in­set, backed by BBC SSO mu­si­cians in­spired about 60 Camp­bel­town singers.

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