Dumfries Male Voice Choir
SIXTY SEVEN YEARS- NON STOP
Easterbrook Hall saw the 67th consecutive Annual Concert by Dumfries Male Voice Choir on Friday 21st. April. On a fine spring evening some fifty members of the choir, Laurieknowe School Choir and soprano Agostina Pombo combined to provide a “ treat of an evening.”
The mens’ choir opened with the stirring Let All Men Sing and that set the tone of the night as before it was over just about every member of the audience also sang at some point.
The Laurieknowe choir gave tuneful and charming performances with You’ve Got A Friend In Me (Freya Patterson soloist) and Sing being their opening songs. These were greatly liked and received deserved, loud applause. Later the audience again enjoyed the Laurieknowe choir. You Raise Me Up (Skye Jardine soloist) was well performed and enjoyed a sympathetic accompaniment. As part of their 140 years school celebration the parents and staff now joined the children to treat the audience to One Moment In Time. The additional voices gave a new dimension and a pupil, Erin McFarlane, conducted. The entire auditorium gave a round of appreciative applause for Erin.
Meanwhile the male choir were on a Bridge Over Troubled Water and Cross The Wide Missouri (Willie Little accompanying on tin whistle) while Agostina sang the beautiful Panis Angelicus and the well known Ca The Yowes Tae The Knowes which was a pairing really appreciated while recognising the quality of her voice. The first part closed with a Scottish Trilogy consisting of Border Ballad ,The Dark Island (Ian Warner accompanying on accordion) and Bonnie Gallowa’ which received sustained applause from the happy listeners and closed a successful first half.
Afterwards Agostina sang the less well known When I Am Laid In Earthand the aways popular Ye Banks And Braes and the Male Voice Choir offered an Elvis Trilogy which caused the entire audience to singfollowed by a hugely loved trilogy from Les Miserables. Later the choir conductor David McCullough noted that this was the first time he had chosen three trilogy sets to be included in the programme of fifteen songs the choir sang, and they were so well received he would keep that in mind for the future. The finale was a moment to remember as the Laurieknowe choir, Agostina, the male choir and the audience, all took some part in singing I Believe.
Choir Chairman Jim Gordon gave the vote of thanks mentioning a large number of individuals and groups who had all worked for the success of the evening. He made special mention of David’s unstinting work with the choir, thanked Sze Ying for her brilliant accompaniment, invited further members to join the already fifty plus choir and wished all a safe journey home.