|15th December 2023|
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow City Centre G2 3NY
|£18 & £20|
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The Glasgow Phoenix Choir is delighted to be performing a concert in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with our special guests Whitburn Band (Scottish Brass Band Champions) and Glasgow CREATE Junior, Senior and Chamber Choirs. The choir is directed by our conductor, Cameron Murdoch. Cameron joined us in 1987 as Accompanist and Depute Conductor and is an Honours graduate in music from the University of Glasgow who also studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He regularly plays harpsichord and piano with various musical ensembles and performs throughout the British Isles. Cameron is also Organist and Choir Master of St. John’s Renfield Church in Glasgow’s West End. Many of the pieces in the current Phoenix repertoire were arranged by Cameron.
The Glasgow Phoenix Choir performs over 20 concerts per year the majority of which raise money for charity 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. Choir recordings receive regular play on local and national radio stations. Our most recent postcard CD, All in the April Evening, was recorded in St John’s-Renfield Church in Glasgow’s West End and released in April 2023. It forms part of the recent celebration of the choir’s Platinum Jubilee and features a new recording of the title song which is most associated with both the Phoenix and Orpheus choirs. In addition, it features the first recording of Opening, written by Bob Chilcott, our Honorary President, to commemorate that special anniversary and to looks to the future of the choir with hope for what is yet to come. Opening was a 70th anniversary commission made possible through the support of the Freemasons of Glasgow.
Our accompanist in this year’s season of Christmas concerts will be Matthew McIlree. Matthew is a regular accompanist with the choir. He is a recent graduate from the University of St. Andrews, where he completed both piano and organ scholarships alongside a degree in mathematics and computer science. He has been a multiple prize winner at both the Glasgow and Inverclyde music festivals, including twice winning the Glasgow Society of Organists' Trophy at the Glasgow open organ class; and three times winning the top piano award, as well the 2016 overall prize, in Inverclyde. He is now studying for his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Glasgow, alongside working freelance as a wedding musician and accompanist. Matthew can also be heard playing the organ as part of the daily recital programme at Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
Whitburn Band is currently the Scottish champion, the Scottish Open champion and 12th in the
brass band world rankings. The band is one of the most successful brass bands in Scotland and has performed throughout the UK and Europe for many years.
Glasgow CREATE Junior, Senior and Chamber Choirs were formed in February 2022 with conductor Claire O’Reilly and accompanist, Cameron Murdoch. Choristers range in age from primary school to final year secondary school pupils and come from across all parts of the city of Glasgow. In October 2022, they had the opportunity to perform at the reopening of Glasgow’s Burrell Collection in the presence of His Majesty King Charles III. We are delighted that they will be joining us once again for this festive occasion in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
This concert will involve a bucket shake to assist with fund-raising for Maggie’s Centre Glasgow.
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