News: Lanarkshire Festival Of Male Voice Choirs

The choir finished a successful season at the annnual Massed Choir Festival in Hamilton and despite being down in numbers still managed to impress the large audience with their performance of their chosen three pieces.

Choirs taking part were: Monklands, Lesmahagow, Stonehouse, Glasgow Phil, Stirling, and Hamilton Caley. The Stonehouse contribution opened with 'The Flower That Shattered The Stone' followed by 'High On A Hill' complete with Cornet Solo by Hugh Grant which took a real trick with the audience, and a special mention must also go to the Elvis wanabees of the baritones and basses for their convincing portrayal of the great man in 'The Girl Of My Best Friend'. The 'combined choir' pieces were conducted by W. Barr (Hamilton Caley and Glasgow Phil) and A Donald (Monklands) and the thrilling sound of near 200 voices was well received by the audience. The evening was ably compered by Douglas Muir of Hamilton Caley in the absence of regular chairman Bill Gilbert who is recovering from illness (get well soon Bill). The concert was drawn to a close by choirs and audience singing the closing hymn 'Crown Him With Many Crowns' and it was announced that the 'MacMillan Cancer Relief Fund' would receive over £500 from the proceeds of programme donations.
Many thanks to all who have supported the choir over the season and we hope to have you following our escapades again next session. Our first event of the new season is a joint concert with Hamilton CBC MVC in St Machans, Larkhall on Monday 5th October. See you there and watch this space for further news!

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