With only a couple of weeks to go until Christmas, concert-goers on Wednesday evening will now undoubtedly be in the festive spirit following Ballianlay Choir’s annual Christmas concert.
The event, directed by Mrs Fiona Shaw, saw the choir take to the stage to sing an eclectic programme of music, including Sunrise, Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof, The Colours of Christmas, Walking in the Air and ABBA’s Thank You for the Music.
The audience was also treated to solos from Fiona Neill, Iain Morrison, Fiona Shaw, Russell Phillips and Layla Templeton, as well as readings from former choir member and storyteller, Alison Clark.
This year the choir’s accompanist, Mrs Aileen Samuel, has retired from her usual duties and has instead joined the ranks of the choir as a singer, with Mr Tony Spencer taking over behind the piano.
Bute Community Band, under the direction of Mr Spencer, was invited to perform as guests of the choir, and played four suitably festive pieces - Santa Baby, All is Well, It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas, and Jingle Band.
Proceeds from this year’s concert are going to support work by Mary’s Meals, an Argyll-based charity which was set up in 2002 and provides daily life changing meals to over 920,000 hungry children around the world.
At the close of the concert, a cheque for £2100, raised from ticket and raffle sales, was presented to Father Michael Hutson of St Andrew’s Church which will be sent to Mary’s Meals to enable the charity to continue supporting those in West Africa affected by the Ebola outbreak.