The Peninsula Choir. It has taken a while but, I have now received the story of how the Peninsula Choir came to be. We would like to thank Malcolm Brown for taking time-out of his busy schedule, of preparing the Peninsula Magazine, ready for it's next issue, I know how time consuming it is, as I was the Editor before Malcolm. He has given us an insight as to the lead-up to the 1st October 2010, when we eventually arrived at the Cove Burgh Hall, to sign-up for what, we now know and enjoy. I hope you enjoy his little story.
"One evening in March 2010 a group of friends were enjoying a Friday evening get-together at the Kilcreggan Hotel. Amongst them were Duncan Williams and Stephen Adam our extremely talented musicians who live close by in the village. Not surprisingly the subject moved on to music and singing, with a number of the ladies professing their inability to string two notes together. Duncan, who by this time was enjoying the evening immensely, insisted that “he could teach anyone to sing”. There was some talk of lessons and the conversation got rather carried away with eventually someone suggesting that “we could even form a choir”. At this point, as editor of The Peninsula Magazine, I said “if you want a choir I will try and set one up” and I subsequently ran an advertisement in the April edition - “Do You Enjoy Singing” – “Would you like to sing in a Choir”? From that single advert there were 38 replies. However, choirs close down for summer so it was not until the first of October 2010 that the first meeting took place with Duncan and Stephen sharing the choirmaster/pianist roles. Unfortunately as Friday was the only available evening a number had to back out due to other commitments but there have consistently been around 30 each night since the start. The début for the choir came on the 13th of April which was the 10th anniversary of the community taking over the Burgh Hall. With Stephen conducting they were spectacular and together with other performers from Cove and Kilcreggan and friends from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, it was a truly wonderful evening which will be talked about well into the future. Now that the choir is well established and flourishing we can hopefully look forward to many more such enjoyable performances." Malcolm Brown.
The Choristers are resting their voices at the moment but, they will rally again for the start of the new season on Friday 7th October 2011 in the Cove Burgh Hall, to once again get ready for another concert or two, to entertain the community with some more popular/ traditional songs we maybe don't hear so much of, nowadays. If you would are free on a Friday evening between October and April and, are a closet-singer (or maybe you sing in the bath or shower) then why not come along and join us on a Friday evening between 7pm and 9pm every week. We do desperately need more men for the Tenor and Baritone sections but, we will not turn you away if you're not in that category.
Any enquiries about the Choir, please contact any of the Committee Members on 01436 842679 or, if you know one of the Choristers, ask them.
Brian Mullen. Committee Member.