The Ythan Singers are preparing to perform at Ellon Parish Church this weekend.
As the choir is now in its 36th year, the group’s musical director, Morag Paton, allowed members to choose five of their all time favourite songs and so the concert will be named “Our Favourite Things”.
The concert programme features songs including the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway medley, “Bless This House”.
Choir members also chose many modern songs including some by John Rutter; “For the Beauty of the Earth”, “A Gaelic Blessing” and one of their most recent editions to their repertoire “The Seal Lullaby” written in 2004 by Eric Whitacre, originally for a Disney film that was never made .
This lullaby is based on a Rudyard Kipling poem and was commissioned as a four-part choral arrangement in 2008 by The Towne Singers.
The lullaby evokes the sounds of the mother seals singing to their pups, which is frequently heard at the mouth of the Ythan.
This year the Singers have invited two talented instrumentalists from Ellon Academy as guests: Amy Fraser (oboist) and Rebecca Petrie (Saxophonist).
Amy has been playing the oboe for 7 years, and the piano for 10 years.
Throughout her school years, Amy has played in various orchestras, junior and senior bands.
She has been a member of the Aberdeenshire Youth Orchestra, with whom she travelled to Germany last June.
She has also been a member of the National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland.
Meanwhile Rebecca started playing saxophone in 1st year at the age of 12.
She plays in the Ellon Academy concert band and orchestra, as well as the Aberdeenshire Saxophone Orchestra.
Rebecca has just passed her Grade 7 exam and is doing National 5 music, and next year she will be studying Higher music and working towards Grade 8.
“Our Favourite Things” takes place on Friday, May 20, at 7.30pm in Ellon Parish Church.
The concert will be conducted by Morag Paton and accompanied by Rosemary Lund.
Profits will be donated to the Ellon Help Committee, who organize lunches for Senior Citizens.
Tickets are £8/£5 concession from Fiona Grant (01651 851500), choir members, the Kirk Centre Coffee shop and will also be available on the door.