Choral Union to host Christmas concert

Brechin and District Choral Union’s annual Christmas Concert will be held in St. Andrew’s Church at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday, December 15.

The choir has rehearsed five carols, and the audience will join in to sing another six, including ‘Good King Wenceslas’. As is traditional, the men will be asked to sing the part of the kind-hearted king and the women will take the page’s part.

The programme contains carols rarely heard and one old favourite ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ is set to an old tune seldom used today. The instrumental interludes will be provided by a recorder group from Dundee called ‘The Airlies’, led by Isobel Luke.

There will be Christmas readings as well and at the close of the performance there will be refreshments.

Admission is by donation, with some of the proceeds going to the Scottish Bible Society and to St. Andrew’s Church. The choir is conducted by Bernard Liddiard and the accompanist is David Vernon.

A spokesperson said: “The choir always has a last minute rehearsal and sometimes folk arriving at the advertised time believe that the concert has already started because they her the sound of singing coming from the church. In fact, not only are they in plenty of time, they are also getting the bonus of a little extra music.

“As ever, in this part of the country, the weather is the unpredictable factor. In previous years, practices have had to be cancelled because of it, but the days of the concerts have always been fine and everybody involved is hoping things will be the same on December 15.”