The Choral at Christmas is a festive treat

Flautist Heather Crabb who will guest with Arbroath Choral Society.
Flautist Heather Crabb who will guest with Arbroath Choral Society.

REGARDED by many as the start of the Christmas season, Arbroath Choral Society’s Christmas Concert takes place on Sunday, December 9, at 7.30 p.m. in St Andrew’s Church.

This year the guest choir is from Friockheim Primary School under the guidance of Simon Gallon, depute head teacher and a member of the choir. Their accompanist is Mrs Moira Grier. The choir will sing two items and will be accompanied by the Choral in a lovely arrangement of ‘Love Came Down at Christmas’.

The Choral’s second guest is flautist Heather Crabb who is well known to local audiences having performed in many orchestras over the years. Heather was brought up in Monifieth and, while at St Andrew’s University, studied flute with Elizabeth Lee and then Marjorie Cleghorn. She holds a Trinity College Performers Certificate in flute.

Heather has played flute and piccolo with Tayside Symphony Orchestra for 16 years and is regularly seen in many local orchestras and operatic and musical societies. Over the past year she has been involved in a number of productions ranging from a variety of musicals to an Elvis Presley Tribute Night. She regularly performs solo work at charitable fund-raising events and was recently the invited soloist with the Glamis Castle Musicale.

Heather has been involved with Arbroath Choral Society concerts for a number of years and is delighted to have been invited to return to the society as guest soloist for this concert. As well as accompanying the choirs in three items, Heather will perform three solos.

Since August the choir, under the baton of musical director Jane Miller and accompanist Alison Hart, has been working hard to put together a varied and interesting programme. Favourites such as Handel’s ‘And The Glory of the Lord’ and ‘I Saw Three Ships’, as well as ‘Advent Peace Carol’ and ‘Pat-a-Pan’ feature along with Dan Forrest’s beautiful arrangement of ‘The First Noel’.

In contrast to the theme of Christmas is the wonderful haunting melody of ‘The Seal Lullaby’. The words to this are by Rudyard Kipling, set to music by Eric Whitacre. Another first is Paul Mealor’s ‘Wherever You Are’ as sung by the Military Wives Choir. A taster for the spring concert will be the ‘Lacrymosa’ from Mozart’s Requiem in D minor.

Humour is usually a feature and this year it is provided by David Blackwell’s ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’. This arrangement sees chaos and consternation descend on the choir who eventually find a novel way of dealing with it!

Audience participation is a required element at this time of the year and, as usual, the musical director will have the large audience singing a completely new song in three parts in a very short time.

Tickets priced at £8 for adults and £3 for children are available from choir members, at the door or by telephoning Rachel Duncan on 01241 874 228.