Glasgow Phoenix Choir is delighted to be performing its annual Christmas concert in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall!
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About Glasgow Phoenix Choir: Christmas Gala Concert
This concert is in aid of four charities: the GPC, Legion Scotland, Poppyscotland and the Co-op supported British Red Cross Solidarity Fund to help those caught up in any terrorist atrocities in the UK
THE GLASGOW PHOENIX CHOIR is delighted to be performing its annual Christmas concert in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. For this very special concert we will be joined by our guests Co-op Funeralcare Band and St Aloysius’ College Choirs. The Glasgow Phoenix Choir rose out of the ashes of the world-famous Glasgow Orpheus Choir and this year celebrates 117 years of choral excellence – 67 years as the Glasgow Phoenix Choir and 50 years as the Glasgow Orpheus Choir. The choir flourishes under the guidance of our conductor Marilyn J Smith MBE and Cameron Murdoch, accompanist and depute conductor who, this year, celebrates 30 years with the choir. The choir performs over 20 concerts per year and each involves a range of music from choral standards to new music and, in addition, we feature many delightful solo performances by choir members.
Co-op Funeralcare Band: In both concert and competition, the Co-op Funeralcare Band has been making music for nearly a century. During that time, it has become the most successful band in Scottish brass band history. The band has won the Scottish Championships 33 times (most recently in 2016) and, during the 1990s, twice brought the national title of Great Britain back to Scotland - the only Scottish band ever to win this prestigious competition.
St Aloysius’ College Choirs: The Schola Cantorum programme, drawing on a 1500-year-old tradition, was set up in 2012 by St. Aloysius’ College in Garnethill, in partnership with St. Aloysius’ Church, to create a centre for excellence in liturgical choral music. Pupils at the College can join one of four Schola choirs and continue from Primary 4 to S6 (age 7-18). The individual choirs usually rehearse and sing separately, but have performed together on many occasions supporting a range of Scottish Choirs, including Glasgow Phoenix Choir in its Christmas 2016 concert in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in aid of the Co-op Group Charity of the Year - The British Red Cross “Working Together to Tackle Loneliness”. As well as their liturgical role, all the choirs have a role outside church, and an extensive repertoire of other types of music. They appear in concerts, at competitions and have broadcast Sunday Mass live on BBC Radio 4.
Cameron Murdoch: In September 1987 a young, recently graduated, musician was recruited as accompanist to the Glasgow Phoenix Choir by then conductor Peter Shand. Fast forward thirty years and Cameron Murdoch, accompanist and Depute Conductor is still with us (and still young!). The choir has benefited greatly from his input over the years, not only as accompanist but as Depute Conductor and arranger of many of the pieces performed in concert by the choir. To recognise this contribution and celebrate his 30th Anniversary with the choir, tonight’s concert will involve a special presentation to mark the occasion. Cameron, “Thank You For The Music” over the last thirty years and, we hope, for many years to come.
RECORDINGS Glasgow Phoenix Choir recordings receive regular play on local and national radio stations. Our latest recording is a special postcard CD of Scottish songs, recorded in St Andrew’s RC Metropolitan Cathedral, Glasgow. Proceeds from this CD benefit the St Andrew’s Hospice, Lanarkshire, which this year celebrates 30 years of service to the community and which is currently in need of refurbishment and restoration, to support patients and their families and St Andrew’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Glasgow.
Sponsorship by CO-OP FUNERALCARE allows the Choir to take on more fund-raising concerts for many worthy causes such as this and to travel further afield. Our most recent tour allowed us to take part in concerts to raise funds for several local charities in the Argyll area and for the Carers’ Trust and our latest CD was also made possible because of our sponsorship. The choir has itself raised over £1.5M for many charities in the 67 years of its existence – which resulted in the award of the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International.
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