Final preparations for Choral Society concert

Later this month Arbroath Choral Society will proudly present its Spring Concert in St Andrew’s Church.

The first half of the programme features Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor, a great work for both choir and orchestra.

It is one of the most performed works in the choral repertoire with a rich mixture of large-scale vibrant and fast-moving choruses and calmer sections for the solo quartet.

The soloists for this piece are members of the choir: Jill Kerr (soprano), Margaret Sim (alto), Kenny Cathro (tenor) and Duncan Hunter (baritone).

The second half features famous film music, many pieces written by the celebrated composer John Williams.

‘Double Trouble’ is a lively song composed for Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. As a contrast to this, ‘Hymn to the Fallen’ was written for the film Saving Private Ryan, one of Spielberg’s most powerful films.

In the closing moments there is a jolting emotional impact from this piece which has no words but a very haunting melody. ‘Dry Your Tears, Africa’ was written for the film Amistad and has the choir singing African dialect words.

From Schindler’s List there is the main theme tune as well as ‘Ofyn Pripetshok’ and ‘Jerusalem of Gold’ - another beautiful selection.

From Titanic the choir will sing ‘My Heart Will Go On’ in which the sopranos have most of the words while the other parts have the accompaniment. ‘In My Fantasy’ is a choral arrangement of ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ – the beautiful melody written for The Mission - and this is followed by a spectacular arrangement of ‘Amazing Grace’ from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

In a rare departure from normal the choir will present the exciting ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire, accompanied not by the orchestra but by a backing track, and this requires mastering the words of an Indian dialect.

‘Non Nobis Domine’ from Henry V was written by the Scottish composer Patrick Doyle and will bring the concert to a stirring conclusion.

The orchestra is always an important part of the spring concert and this year is no exception.

The musicians, 34 in number, are drawn from Angus and beyond, and their contribution is an essential ingredient of the performance.

The choir started rehearsals for this concert in January under the baton of musical director Jane Miller and accompanist Alison Hart.

The concert takes place on Sunday, April 21, starting at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets priced £8 for adults and £3 for children can be bought at the door on the night, from any choir member or by ‘phoning Rachel on 01241 874228.