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We unfortunately had a few losses of members over the year but are glad to say also some new and potentially new members. Tragically we lost our friend John Blamey whilst he and his children were on a family cycling holiday touring the inner Hebrides. We all miss him. John was a talented musician and an ever willing servant of the choir in whatever diverse role he was asked to perform.

Our choir trip to Llandudno went very well with two formal concerts. Friday saw us have a free day in Llandudno – where we had a short impromptu sing on the promenade which was well received by visitors. An early dinner then off to the lovely St Mary’s Church in Cilcain near Mold where we had a good audience and contributed to their nominated Heart and Stroke charity.
Saturday saw us in Chester for a pleasant day, returning to Llandudno, an early dinner and to our joint concert in St John's Church with Colwyn Male Voice Choir. A pleasant afterglow with some of these choristers in our hotel rounded off a great day.
Sunday saw us on a trip to Port Meirion where we were blessed by Snowdonia rain. The performance of our rain jackets wasn't brilliant meaning that we are looking to replace them.

On our return we got down to recording a new CD. This is in post production at present and we plan to have it complete in time for sale at our annual concerts. For the cover of the CD, we were very grateful to Thomas Nugent for permission to use a photograph of the Queensferry bridge from the air.

February welcomed the Fife Festival of Music which was held in the Adam Smith Theatre Kirkcaldy. We were given a great review, extracted below, from the adjudicator, Mr. Steven Cowan following our 15-minute spot:

Gwahoddiad - A brave unaccompanied opening that was well balanced. This piece had great dynamic contrast which you executed well, A very impressive fortissimo and forte.
 
The Rose - I liked your attention to the text of this song. You connected to the text and shared this with the audience. Take care with the Ooo vowel. The balance of voices from bar 20 was excellent and the blend from bar 32 superb. A committed performance throughout. Thank you.
 
Hallelujah - This performance grew in confidence with lots of attention given to the smaller detail. The phrasing was strong and I liked the attention of each individual line. It would be good to hear more detail from “baritones”. (Marilyn had asked them to hold back though and not to bellow) Congratulation to Sandy Laurie a well sung and projected solo, clear and committed contribution.
 
Those Magnificent Men - A rhythmic and vibrant performance throughout diction was excellent but keep working hard to ensure the lower parts. This was a fun performance, make sure your eyes and faces are showing how much fun you are having.

We were privileged to have an invitation for representatives of the choir to attend a Civic Reception form Fife Council and to have a scroll presented. Following on from that a selection will represent the choir at a Royal garden party in Holyrood House.

Now in our run up to our annual concert but first we have the concert in St Athernase Church in Leuchars. Then later we have a joint concert with the Steeton Male Voice Choir as part of their Scottish tour. This is in Crail Parish Church organised by the Church for which we are very grateful. In October after our return from summer break we will perform a lunch time concert in St Paul's Cathedral Dundee.

See Concerts section for details of the concerts.


Last update: 10 March 2019