THE Glasgow Phoenix Choir is delighted to be returning to perform three Highland concerts – in Strathpeffer Pavilion, Dornoch Cathedral and Inverness Cathedral.
The choir performs over 30 concerts a year, taking its special blend of choral music on tour twice a year, both in the UK and in Europe.
The Glasgow Phoenix Choir rose out of the ashes of the world-famous Glasgow Orpheus Choir and this year celebrates 114 years of choral excellence – 64 years as the Glasgow Phoenix Choir and 50 years as the Glasgow Orpheus Choir.
The choir’s reputation continues to grow as it performs traditional choral pieces from sacred to modern with their recordings regularly play on local and national radio stations.
Their most recent CD, Songs Of Comfort, was released last December as a follow-up to the highly successful Songs Of Solace, which has recently been awarded gold disc status.
In 2012, to celebrate the 60th anniversary, the choir embarked on a series of recordings live in Iona Abbey, producing a special souvenir postcard CD and a live performance of Faure’s Requiem.
Their most recent tour allowed them to take part in concerts in Belfast to support the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education and in Dublin their concert raised funds for education in Tanzania.
The choir has itself raised over £1.5 million for many charities in the 64 years of its existence – which resulted in the award of the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International.
The choir has been conducted by Marilyn J Smith MBE since 1991 with Cameron Murdoch as accompanist and depute conductor.
Sponsorship by The Co-Operative Funeralcare allows the choir to take on more fundraising concerts for many worthy causes and to travel further afield.
On Friday, September 26 at Strathpeffer Pavilion, the concert starts at 8pm. For the Strathpeffer concert, tickets are available at June’s Card Shop, from members of Dingwall Gaelic Choir and online at: www.wegottickets.com or www.ticketweb.co.uk
On Saturday, September 27, the concert at Dornoch Cathedral starts at 2.30pm. For the Dornoch Concert, tickets are on sale at Dornoch Bookshop (01862 810165), the cathedral on Sundays and at the door before the concert.
At Inverness Old High Church Saturday, September 27 the concert starts at 3pm. Tickets are £10 and £8 (concessions) from local churches and charities. Proceeds from the three events will go to local charities and churches.