Lauderdale News Article – March 2014

Singing by Numbers

In the weeks leading up to Christmas the Lauderdale Community Choir performed at three very different venues: the traditional Lauder lights switch-on around the Christmas Tree, a ‘Christmas at Abbotsford’ concert and singing carols at the BGH. Each in there own way very satisfying and all so well received that the choir’s been invited back next year.

No sooner was the Festive Season over than we begun rehearsing a new programme for our Spring Concert. It is titled ‘Singing by Numbers’ and will be performed at Lauder Primary School on Saturday 10th May at 7.30 pm.  It should be well worth a ‘not to be missed’ note in your diary. Each piece of music is related to a number and is so varied it should appeal to every taste. It includes settings of Psalms and extracts from the scores of the James Bond  films, Chorus Line, My Fair Lady’, and the title music for the ‘Vicar of Dibley’.

The choir’s membership swells month by month and is now over 70. We have a very broad range of age and abilities. If you want to sing, no matter what your musical experience, you can be assured of a very warm welcome – there are no auditions. You can simply turn up at the Lauderdale Hotel at 7.30pm on a Thursday night and sample the fun to be had when singing with a large, supportive community choir!

For more information including the rehearsal schedule see the website at or e-mail our membership secretary Ros Watt at

Arthur Parsons

Our Chosen Charity…

This year we will be supporting Alzheimer Scotland with funds raised at our Spring Concert on 10th May.  For further details about the charity please see their website – click here.

Fragments: Rediscovery of 900-Year-Old Manuscript Inspires Composers

From the November 2013 issue of iNotes: 

Fragments: rediscovery of 900-year-old manuscript inspires composers

Fragments of Black in Kelso

Fragments of Black

Two Making Music groups in the Scottish Borders have taken part in the Fragments project, bringing a 900-year-old manuscript back to life with song, text, imagery, sound and light.

Visit the Making Music website to read the full article.

Fragments of Black

We are very excited to be taking part in Fragments of Black on 14 September in Kelso. Fragments of Black is part of an amazing project which blends music, video images, audio, and artwork all inspired by the discovery of part of a medieval manuscript in Hawick in 2009, known as the Hawick Missal Fragment. It’s incredible that we are singing music that hasn’t been sung for hundreds of years.

The award-winning composer Michael Nyman has written a new piece incorporating some of these Fragments of music. We shall be giving the first-ever performance at the Fragments of Black event. See the press release for more information.

Visit the Hawick Fragments Project website for more details.