CARNOUSTIE Choir travelled all around the world in a musical sense for their concert this week.
On Tuesday night in St Anne’s Church the voices of the nearly 70-strong choir rose up in a mixture of languages from Gaelic to Latin, French to gibberish!
The last time I was here I complained about the heat, but with the frightful weather outside the church seemed positively cosy, and the often bright and cheerful programme was a great salve for the spirit.
The choir kicked off with a ‘new one’ and used their massed voices to great impact with the joyous surging shout that is the opening of Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’.
Continuing their long association with local brass talent, musical director Stewart Fyffe welcomed back Con Fuoco from Carnoustie High School who played a number of perfectly executed items.
Among their sharp repertoire were old favourites such as ‘Baby Elephant Walk’, ‘Spanish Flea’, ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’, ‘Tijuana Taxi’ and ‘The Muppet Theme’.
Sheena Guthrie was on hand at the piano to provide the accompaniment and was ably assisted by Kirsty McRobbie.
The main body of the choir’s programme alternated beautifully between such gentle pieces as ‘Irish Blessing’ and ‘La Vie en Rose’, interspersed with some powerful works such as Verdi’s ‘Sanctus’.
Special mention must go to the gentlemen who undertook their first solo slot in the shape of the ‘Soldiers’ Chorus’ from Gounod’s ‘Faust’, weaving a number of musical strands into a very precise and potent sound.
‘Tout La Pluie Tombe Sur Moi’ or ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’ was another personal favourite and the nonsense singing of ‘Name That Tune’ gave the audience a good talking point during the interval as they tried to piece together all the well-known songs woven into it.
The concert finished on a high note with ‘I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside’, part of Carnoustie Choir’s winning entry at this year’s Arbroath and District Musical Festival, and miraculously upon leaving, the weather had abated and the feel good factor lasted all the way home!