Voices sing out for spring show

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The rafters hummed with joy once more as Carnoustie Choir burst into spring with yet another beautiful and inventive concert.

Making excellent use of St Anne’s Church’s acoustics, the mixed choir, which now numbers more than 60 voices, entertained a good turnout of music lovers with a fantastic programme of choral works, aided and abetted by the young musicians of Con Fuoco Brass.

From the start it was clear that there was fun to be had as the gentlemen marched into the church, resplendent in their plastic ‘bobby’ helmets for a powerful rendition of ‘When The Foeman Bares His Steel’ from ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ by Gilbert and Sullivan.

The young brass players of Con Fuoco, fresh from recent success at the Arbroath and District Musical Festival were on top form and supplied a number of interludes in the action.

The arrangement of ‘Dambusters’ by Carnoustie musician Simon Garden in their first slot was particularly good, the instantly recognisable passage moving with stately grace before swooping into the finale.

A real highlight of the evening was Borodin’s ‘Polovtsian Dances’ from his unfinished opera ‘Prince Igor’.

According to musical director Stewart Fyffe this had been a real challenge for the choir but they rose to it magnificently, with the ladies’ sections’ melodies interweaving expertly to begin and the massed voices crashing together with a wonderful passion towards the end.

Piano accompaniment was ably provided once again by Sheena Guthrie, aided by Marina Kyle as page turner.

Mr Fyffe, the choristers, brass players and all involved in the concert should be delighted with their efforts, once again providing a fine evening of music which showcases their continually growing talents and musical scope.