Dates for your Diary December 2012 to May 2013

Christmas CandlesSaturday 8th December (time tbc but probably about 5 or 6pm)

Christmas lights switch on in Lauder

Sunday 16th December, 3pm

Carol Concert in the Chapel at the Borders General Hospital

Thursday 20th December, 7.30pm
Choir Christmas dinner in the Lauderdale Hotel.

This is a chance to relax and enjoy good food and the company of our friends, but equally important is that this is our chance to say thank you to Wilson for giving us the use of the function room each week.  We are so fortunate not to have to pay for this accommodation, so please do come along.  Rona will be in touch with the menu and how to book your place.

  • After the dinner, we will break for Christmas and New Year and return to choir on Thursday 11th January 2013.

Lauderdale Community Choir at Glasgow Music Festival 2011Tuesday 12th March 2013
(from 6.30pm)
Glasgow Music Festival Choral Evening, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

We will put in a non-competitive entry again which means we get the chance to perform and be adjudicated, but we won’t be compared to the other choirs.  We will be singing two songs on the stage at the wonderful Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.  The evening begins at 6.30pm although we won’t know when exactly we will be singing until nearer the time.  Last year we organised a bus to take us to Glasgow and will do so again once the numbers are confirmed.  More details to follow!

Spring FlowersSaturday 11th May 2013
Spring Concert, Lauder Primary School Hall
We’ve booked the Primary School again as it was such a good venue this year.  It was discussed that we should choose a charity to support at our concert.  We supported the Margaret Kerr Unit this year, so I’d be pleased if you could email me with ideas about charities you would like to support in 2013.

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