Outstanding support for fund-raising concert

Concert climax: The choir, formed just a few weeks ago, performs under the direction of Fraser McGlynn.'Contributed photograph
Concert climax: The choir, formed just a few weeks ago, performs under the direction of Fraser McGlynn.'Contributed photograph

A CHOIR formed especially for a one-off concert in aid of Cancer Research UK received a standing ovation after a “moving and emotional” performance on Friday.

An audience of well over 400 packed the Old and St Andrew’s Church for the event, organised by Song Shop founder Fraser McGlynn, which featured performers from Montrose and further afield and for which the choir formed the climax.

More than 80 people, many of whom have cancer or have been affected by the disease, performed Irving Berlin’s ‘You’re Just in Love’ and ‘Run’ by Snow Patrol to bring the evening to a rapturous conclusion.

So far the event has raised an amazing £5,000 which Fraser said has exceeded all expectations, as did the power of the performance. The group, which ranged in age from 19 to 88, was formed in February after he appealed publicly for singers and non-singers to take part and has been rehearsing under Fraser’s leadership since then.

He said: “It was quite an emotional night. A few people in the choir have cancer and are being treated, have beaten it or lost relatives and they put all of that into their performance which made it incredibly moving.

“The atmosphere was great and the anticipation built all evening, and the choir themselves were given a full standing ovation. Many of the audience were in tears.

“I’m absolutely chuffed with the whole thing. I thought that if we made £3,000 I’d be over the moon, but to top £5,000 is incredible.”

A Scottish dance tune, composed especially by Fraser’s father to be auctioned on the evening, raised £460 with a framed copy going to the highest bidder who also won the right to name the melody. The tune will be published later in the year, and played on BBC Radio Scotland as part of Ryan McGlynn’s next radio broadcast. A round of golf for four people at Machrihanish Golf Club, donated at the last minute on the evening, also raised £350.

Fraser added: “The feedback from the performers has been incredible. For people not usually involved in music events to get that reception takes your breath away. Some have said that people maybe don’t realise the sense of achievement they got from it, and you can’t bottle that.”

Although Fraser said there are no firm plans, there is a possibility that the concert could become an annual event.

He said: “We could probably do it again, maybe in two years’ time, it might be annual but at the moment I just don’t know.”