Ythan Singers’ concert draws large audience

The Ythan Singers and guests performed at the Kirk Centre in Ellon.
The Ythan Singers and guests performed at the Kirk Centre in Ellon.

The Ythan Singers presented their concert, A Musical Landscape, to a packed audience at Ellon’s Kirk Centre.

Under the direction of musical director Morag Paton and accompanied by Rosemary Lund, the choir took the audience through an inspiring musical journey of countryside and seaside.

Beginning with John Rutter’s arrangement of All Things Bright and Beautiful, the programme moved forward through the landscape with modern pieces - Colors of the Wind from Disney’s Pocahontas, McCartney-Laine’s Mull of Kintyre and on to more traditional songs - The Isle of Mull, The Ash Grove and Cecil Sharp’s Country Garden.

The concert included solos by Sheila Craggs, Alison Stephen, Jean Stevenson, Jennifer Strachan and Hazel Wilkins. It ended with another of John Rutter’s arrangements For the Beauty of the Earth.

This year the Singers invited Nicola Auchnie, a local violinist from Turriff, to play.

Nicola’s programme not only had classical music, but also a selection of Scottish traditional music, which set everyone’s toes tapping with her reels, jigs, hornpipes and Strathspey’s.

Profits from the concert and the raffle – more than £400 - will be donated to Grampian Leukemia Research. The Singers thanked the audience for their generosity.