Preparing for Christmas concert

Chambler ensemble: Members of the Brechin High School chambler ensemble are pictured during one of their recent Christmas Concert rehearsals.

Chambler ensemble: Members of the Brechin High School chambler ensemble are pictured during one of their recent Christmas Concert rehearsals.

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Preparations are in full swing for the Brechin High School chamber ensemble as their forthcoming Christmas concert approaches.

The ensemble consists of 13 string pupils aged 14 to 18. It was first founded in 2004, and although the original members have long since left school, the ensemble has continued to flourish.

One of the aims of the group has always been to be involved in the local community.

They have performed at council events such as the Young Achievers Awards, as well concerts in Brechin Cathedral, Gardner’s Memorial, St. Andrew’s Church, the Mechanics Hall and the House of Dun. They were also fortunate to perform in Cappella Nova’s concert when they appeared in Brechin in 2009.

This December will see the ensemble back in St. Andrew’s Church, where they first staged their own concert in 2006.

Hazel Judge, upper strings instructor of Angus Council, who works with the pupils on a weekly basis, said: “It is a pleasure to work with such gifted and enthusiastic pupils and we are very much looking forward to playing in the beautiful setting of St. Andrew’s Church again”.

Following a short performance at the church’s Sunday service on December 9, the ensemble will be in concert on Monday, December 10, at 7 p.m. at St Andrew’s Church.

The programme will consist of original works by Vivaldi, Handel, Corelli and Holst.

Entry is £4 pay at door and this includes mince pies and refreshments in the interval. All welcome.