Plans to resurrect TSO Chorus for concert

TAYSIDE Symphony Orchestra is hoping to resurrect the TSO Chorus of 2000 for a special concert in the Reid Hall, Forfar later this year.

They are calling on local singers to come forward with the view to forming the chorus which will perform Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and a selection of vocal pieces by Eric Whitacre on Saturday, September 24.

Applications are now being sought from all singers - soprano, alto, tenor or bass – who are interested in taking part in what will be a memorable concert.

Due to the summer holidays and the time-scale for rehearsals, a closing date of Thursday, June 30 has been set for applications.

Applications and enquiries should be made to the two musical directors – Mary Veal (choral director) via e-mail to or Ron Walker (orchestra) via

Ron can also be contacted by telephone on Forfar (01307) 463916.

Ron explained: “We had a TSO Chorus for the millennium when we had 1100 people in the Caird Hall, Dundee.

“Since then a lot of people have asked if we would do it again so we are appealing for singers to come forward to enable us to plan for the concert.

“The evening will also include a performance by the orchestra of Gershwin’s Cuban Overture and the Afro-American Symphony by William Grant Still.

“He was the first native American to have his music played in the Carnegie Hall in New York.”

It is hoped around 100 singers will come forward to make up the TSO Chorus, with the millennium group attracting singers from all over Angus, Fife and Aberdeenshire.

Rehearsals will start on Tuesday, August 16 in St Margaret’s Church, Forfar at 7.30 pm, running for six weeks in the run-up to the concert.