Symphony’s ‘Songs and a Scone’ creates a choir
‘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.
The BBC’s Lucy Drever, inset, backed by BBC SSO musicians inspired about 60 Campbeltown singers.