Ythan Singers get in festive spirit

The Ythan Singers with conductor Kathleen Cronie
The Ythan Singers with conductor Kathleen Cronie

The Ythan Singers were delighted to see such a large audience fill St Mary-on-the-Rock Church for their festive concert “White Christmas”.

The concert was held on the evening of Friday, December 16.

The festive performance was conducted by Kathleen Cronie, who is currently undertaking a PhD in “Conducting and Vocal Technique” at the University of Aberdeen.

The concert opened with “Quem Pastores Laudavere”, a traditional German carol arranged by John Rutter and featured many Christmas favourites.

Some of the songs included “O Come all ye Faithful”, “Ding Dong Merrily on High” and “Good King Wencelas” to name just a few.

As well as festive songs there were also several readings, some traditional, some modern, which were read over the top of the choir humming Christmas carols.

A member of the audience on the night commented that their favourite carol was the “Coventry Carol” which was sung with such quiet control.

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” ended the concert.

The Ythan Singers are delighted to announce that the collection they had on the door on the evening raised a fantastic sum of £522 for The Salvation Army.

After the concert the Ythan Singers and members of the public that went along to the performance enjoyed refreshements of tea, coffee, mince pies and shortbread.

The choir would like to thank everyone that attended for coming along and making the evening so special.

Last year the Ythan Singers performed “Christmas Reflections” at the church and raised £350 for the Aberdeen Cyrenians.