Choir goes to Glasgow Music Festival

On 15th March 2011, Lauderdale Community Choir took part in the Choir’s Evening at Glasgow Music Festival. This was an amazing opportunity for us to perform (non-competitively) on the stage at the prestigious Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and it was an experience to be remembered! We also had the opportunity to listen to the other six choirs who were taking part that evening. We performed the world premiere of a new arrangement by our assistant conductor, Karin Griffin, of Bonnie Lauderdale, and a Roger Emerson arrangement of two Beatles numbers, The Long and Winding Road, and When I’m 64. The adjudicator, Douglas Coombes congratulated us, saying that our performance was ‘absolutely marvellous’ after less than one year singing together. He also gave us some useful pointers as to what we can work on to improve as a choir. The following day, Douglas came to Lauder and ran an inspiring and fun workshop with the choir. We are most grateful to Douglas for giving up his day off from adjudicating at the Festival to coach us.
Many people have not heard about Glasgow Music Festival which is a two week festival of the amateur performing arts incorporating music, speech, drama and Scottish Country Dance which runs each year at the beginning of March. During the two week festival, around 7000 performers will attend the various venues. Although it is principally a competitive festival, the emphasis is on performance, with their strapline being ‘A Platform for Performance’. Glasgow Music Festival was founded in 1911 making this their centenary year. There are classes for soloists and groups of all sizes and configurations, from tiny singers and recorder players to full orchestras, bands and choirs. It is a wonderful platform for all amateur performers and many well known professional musicians have emerged following success at the Festival. If you would like to know more about Glasgow Music Festival, you can visit their website at www.glasgowmusicfestival.org.