Concert in aid of forces charities

Singers from all over Angus are to swell the numbers for a charity concert to be staged in the Caird Hall, Dundee, on May 20.

The concert is being held to raise funds for two forces’ charities, the Dundee branch of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), and the Erskine Hospital at Bishopton, Renfrewshire.

A volunteer choir of 105 voices and a volunteer orchestra of 53 players has coalesced around the enthusiasm of Monifieth couple

Don and Hazel Grieve. As the ‘Dundee Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra’ the musicians are set to thrill the Caird Hall audience with The Armed Man, by Karl Jenkins.

The music from The Armed Man has caught the public’s imagination ever since it was first performed in the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 25th, 2000. Indeed, the first recording was released on the day before the atrocities of 9/11.

The programme also includes the Spitfire Prelude and Fugue by William Walton, an arrangement of spirituals by John Rutter called Feel the Spirit, The Evening Hymn by H. Balfour Gardiner and I Was Glad by Hubert Parry.

Choirs from all seven of the Angus County Towns have supplied singers to swell the ranks of Dundee Choral Union and Broughty Ferry Amateur Operatic Society members and as most people are sitting down after Sunday dinner, the Philharmonic Chorus are giving their all in rehearsals, aware that May 20 is fast approaching.

Tickets for this concert, priced £15 and £13 (concession) are available from Don Grieve on 01382 530540 or from the Caird Hall Box Office on 01382 434940. The concert begins at 7.30pm.