VIDEO: Bute choir’s Christmas concert raises charity cash

Two good causes on Bute have received a festive boost this week thanks to the generosity of the audience and participants at the annual Christmas concert given by the local Ballianlay Choir.

Wednesday night’s concert raised a total of £1,950 for charity, with the money being split between Calum’s Cabin and the Bute Schools Inclusion Fund, which provides sports kit and other items of equipment for local pupils whose families are on low incomes.

Ballianlay Choir's Christmas concert was held at Rothesay Joint Campus on December 11.

Ballianlay Choir's Christmas concert was held at Rothesay Joint Campus on December 11.

As for the concert itself, in addition to a liberal sprinkling of Christmas music, including John Rutter’s Star Carol and Do You Hear What I Hear?, the choir’s programme included a selection from Les Miserables and You Raise Me Up, based largely on a traditional Irish tune and recorded by more than a hundred artists since its original release in 2002.

Soloists from the choir’s own ranks included Anne McGhie, Peter Lingard, Russell Phillips and Rothesay Academy pupil Layla Templeton, while the programme also featured a guest appearance by the Bute Community Band, whose selection included Sousa’s ‘Liberty Bell’ march and two festive works by Leroy Anderson, Sleigh Ride and A Christmas Festival.