Church venue for Choral Society’s autumn concert

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Brechin and District Choral Union has, over the years, established a pattern of performances following the seasons with their spring and autumn concerts.

This year’s second concert takes place on Sunday, September 25 in St. Andrew’s Church, Brechin, at 3.30 pm.

Once again, a pattern is repeated with the customary format of choral pieces, instrumental items and readings.

The established pattern remains unaltered with the long hour programme being followed by an opportunity to socialise afterwards over a cup of tea or coffee.

The first item on the programme is O King and Desire of All Nations by Sir John Stainer, the Victorian composer, whose oratorio, The Crucifixion, has been performed twice in Brechin in recent years.

This first song reflects the nature of the remainder of the concert as it includes works from different parts of the world ranging from the British Isles to Africa.

The final item goes under the title Same Words – Different Tunes. For example, the rousing Wesley hymn, O for a Thousand Tongues, is set to the not-so-familiar tune Selby.

This compilation was arranged by the Choral Union’s conductor, Bernard Liddiard.

The concert is the first of two performances, as the choir will present a programme for the Edzell Guild on the evening of Tuesday, October 11.

There is no charge for any of the Choral Union’s concerts, but all of the money raised in the collecting tray on the way in has covered the total cost of the miscellaneous overheads.

Regular attenders at the Choral Union’s Sunday afternoon concerts will be content that style and presentation follow the usual pattern, but, as ever, the programme is fresh and original, and full of tuneful music.