Singers and Fiddlers unite for concert

The Ythan Singers and the Ythan Fiddlers joined forces recently to present an evening of Scottish music - “A Scottish Rhapsody” - in Ellon Parish Church.

It opened with the Junior Fiddlers playing a selection of reels and jigs. Hannah and Millie Freitag delighted the audience by playing the solo duet in “The Glencoe March”.

The concert continued with the Ythan Singers singing a selection of well-known Scottish songs opening with “Loch Lomond”. A

quartet of ladies, Jennifer Strachan, Carol Addison, Christine Cruikshank and Frances Morrison, sang “A Scotch Rhapsody” by Charles Vincent and Sheila Craggs sang “The Dark Island”.

The first half closed with more reels, jigs and strathspeys from the senior Ythan Fiddlers. The Ythan Singers opened the second half with two Irish songs, followed by several Scottish songs arranged by Hugh Roberton, in particular “The Herdmaiden’s Song” with the solo sung by Jean Stevenson. Jennifer Strachan also sang a solo “The Spinning Wheel”.

The singers ended with the “Cape Breton Lullaby” dedicated to the Ythan Fiddlers for their trip to Nova Scotia. It was then the turn of the Ythan Fiddlers again to set the audience humming along with reels and jigs ably led by their leader, Trish Gill.

Jim Stott, who also accompanied the Ythan Fiddlers on the piano, compered the concert. The Ythan Singers were conducted by Morag Paton and accompanied by Rosemary Lund.

The concert raised more than £600, which will go towards the Ythan Fiddlers’ Nova Scotia trip.