Public urged to ‘Stand Up to Cancer’

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MONTROSE’S ‘Stand Up to Cancer Choir’ is ready for its first performance this Friday as part of a concert in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Formed especially for the event, the group has been rehearsing for just a few weeks under the leadership of Song Shop founder Fraser McGlynn. The ensemble will provide the climax to the evening’s entertainment, and will take to the stage with a company of experienced performers from Montrose and further afield.

Members come from all walks of life, with varying experiences of singing, but are all connected in their determination to fight cancer, a disease that has affected them all to some extent.

Fraser this week said he has been “overwhelmed” by the response to his appeal, launched through the Review in January, and he is confident the group will produce an inspiring performance.

He said: “Meeting these individuals, and experiencing their positivity and enthusiasm has made the project such a worthwhile experience. We have laughed, cried and sung together over the last few weeks, but now we are ready to share this spirit with the members of the public who are coming to see the concert.”

The concert, in the Old and St Andrew’s Church, will start at 7.30pm and feature a range of singers, musicians, dancers and a magician.

A Scottish dance tune, composed by especially by Fraser’s father, will also be auctioned on the evening. The highest bidder will win a framed copy of the tune and the right to give it the name of their choice. The tune will be published later in the year, and played on BBC Radio Scotland as part of Ryan McGlynn’s next radio broadcast.

Tickets for this special performance are still available from Henry Hogg’s Newsagent on the High Street.