Singers perform their “Favourite Things”

Ythan Singers members with their guests
Ythan Singers members with their guests

The Ythan Singers presented a programme of their favourite songs in the concert “Our Favourite Things” last month.

The group performed to a packed audience in Ellon Parish Church on Friday, May 20.

The choir’s singing rang with heartfelt joy, raising the rafters of the church and yet there was poignancy, as this was the last concert that their Musical Director of 28 years, Morag Paton, would be conducting them.

Afterwards Morag said: “Thank you all for a memorable evening.”

She went on to explain that she was setting off on a two-year adventure at the end of August to teach music in a primary school in Doha.

Whilst she is leaving family and friends behind she will be back for the holidays and will keep in touch.

The programme included many old favourites, such as the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway medley, Gilbert and Sullivan choruses, songs by John Rutter; and one of their most recent editions to their repertoire “The Seal Lullaby”.

The choir was joined in their singing of “You’ll Raise Me Up” by Jenni Paton playing violin as it is one of her favourite tunes.

The concert also included a beautiful solo by Sheila Craggs (“Somewhere”) and an arrangement by Morag Paton for voice and flute of the “Rowan Tree”, sung by Jennifer Strachan and played by Jean Stephenson.

As chairman Zander Kirk said however, in his closing words, “nearly abody had a shottie at solos, even the men!”, as many of the songs had short solos.

As always, Rosemary Lund ably accompanied the choir.

The audience was thrilled and delighted with the two guest pupils from Ellon Academy: Amy Fraser (oboist) and Rebecca Petrie (Saxophonist).

Amy played Reverie by Guy Woolfenden; Over the Rainbow by Arlen & Harburg; and Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Morricone whilst Rebecca played Pink Panther by Henry Mancini; Blues for Marguerite by John Harle; and Tango Till You Drop by Richard Kershaw. Both are students of Mrs Louise Lovie and played superbly.

The singers would like to thank the audience for coming and for their generosity.

£400 was raised and will be donated to Ellon Help Committee, who organize lunches for Senior Citizens.

The Ythan Singers are now seeking a new Musical Director to start in August and welcome anyone who would like to be considered for the post. More information about the Ythan Singers can be found at www.ythansingers.co.uk.