Buzz in the air for male voice choir

Guest soloist Margaret Keys will perform with the Arbroath Male Voice Choir in the Webster Memorial Theatre this Friday evening.

Guest soloist Margaret Keys will perform with the Arbroath Male Voice Choir in the Webster Memorial Theatre this Friday evening.

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THERE IS a definite harmonious buzz in the air this week in Arbroath, as the town’s famous male voice choir puts the finishing touches to the programme for its 79th Annual Concert on March 22 in the Webster Memorial Theatre.

The choir’s very special guest soloist is Margaret Keys, internationally famed Irish classical-crossover soprano.

Choir President, Dr Richard Irvine said: “We’re going to open the curtains, turn up the lights and take it away ‘cause we’re singing tonight! The choir are very much looking forward to this special concert and we’re delighted to introduce Margaret Keys. It’s sure to be a grand night for singing and an evening of superb entertainment. We are determined to demonstrate the power, passion and relevance of male voice choir singing in the 21st century.

“Arbroath Male Voice Choir will be singing an exciting blend of songs old and new which cuts across the musical spectrum; with songs from the shows, romantic ballads, a touch of the blues and soulful spirituals there is very much something to please everyone, a real recipe for success.”

Margaret will be accompanied by Walter Blair who has been involved in many aspects of music, particularly as a performer and in music education. He is much in demand as a pianist and accompanist and has performed with many well known singers and instrumentalists, both on the concert platform and in the recording studio.

Dr Richard Irvine continued: “We are honoured to have Margaret and Walter as our guests at our concert. The choir has a history of bringing outstanding soloists to Angus, including Lesley Garrett, Jamie MacDougall, Cheryl Forbes, Gordon Cree and Karen Cargill.”

Arbroath Male Voice Choir will be under the expert musical direction of Sheena Guthrie and accompanied by Alison Hart. It currently has over 40 members who are drawn from across Angus and Dundee. The concert begins at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are available via the theatre box office either in person or by phone on 01241 435800.