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Glasgow Phoenix Choir Special Gala Concert

Happening 19th May 2017 in Glasgow

About Glasgow Phoenix Choir Special Gala Concert

THE GLASGOW PHOENIX CHOIR is delighted to be performing a gala concert in aid of the Royal British Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland with our very special guest, Isla St Clair, Honorary President of the Royal British Legion Scotland, Passchendaele Branch, Flanders. The Glasgow Phoenix Choir rose out of the ashes of the world-famous Glasgow Orpheus Choir and this year celebrates 116 years of choral excellence – 66 years as the Glasgow Phoenix Choir and 50 years as the Glasgow Orpheus Choir. The choir flourishes under the guidance of our conductor Marilyn J Smith MBE and Cameron Murdoch, accompanist and depute conductor. The choir performs over 20 concerts per year and each involves a range of music from choral standards to new music and, in addition, we feature many delightful solo performances by choir members. The Royal British Legion Scotland (Legion Scotland) helps ex-services men and women of all ages across Scotland to adapt to civilian life by providing community, friendship and practical advice, whether they left military service yesterday or 50 plus years ago. The work of Legion Scotland includes making a daily difference to the lives of veterans and their families by providing comradeship, raising awareness of the issues faced and by offering advice and practical support on welfare and pensions. In addition, they support families to visit the graves of loved ones buried overseas by providing grants and local befrienders. A major focus for the organisation is remembrance, which is supported by fund-raising and a year-round calendar of events, as well as by their work with schools and young people across Scotland. Poppyscotland is a separate but closely-linked charity with approximately a third of its Scottish Poppy Appeal volunteers coming from Legion Scotland branches. The poppy became the symbol of Remembrance for those who gave their lives in war and was inspired by the famous poem, In Flanders Fields, written during the First World War by Lt Colonel John McCrae. Since its inception in 1921, the Poppy Appeal has always had a dual purpose – to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and to raise money for those who have been left disadvantaged by their time in the services. Over five million poppies are distributed across Scotland to raise funds for the Armed Forces community. Poppyscotland helps all members of the Armed Forces community, which includes those who have served, those still serving and their families. Poppyscotland uses money raised to provide support to the Armed Forces community in seven key areas: tailored support and funding, advice, employment, mobility, respite, housing and mental health. Isla St Clair is known to millions for her numerous television appearances including The Royal Variety Show, The Morecambe and Wise Show, and most notably as co-host with Larry Grayson on the BBC's long running The Generation Game which won her `Best Female TV Personality'. Her television series The Song and the Story won the coveted European award `Prix Jeunesse'. Born in Scotland, Isla is one of Britain’s foremost traditional singers, noted for the depth of feeling she brings to her country’s music. At twelve she recorded the first of many traditional ballads for the School of Scottish Studies, which are still used as reference works. While still in her teens Isla was soon in the top rank of British folksingers, winning several awards including `Best Female Folk Singer', and touring the world. Recently she received an honorary degree as Master of the University of Aberdeen for her contribution to traditional music. Isla takes a keen interest in teaching children the importance of traditional music and performs her specially prepared programme for educational establishments at home and abroad. Isla’s talent has matured to encompass other aspects of the entertainment business and she continues to be busy with television, radio, stage, presenting and touring in her live shows. Isla has many connections with military charities. In 2000, she performed, before HM The Queen, at the National Festival of remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the retreat from Dunkirk, she sang the song Dunkirk penned by her mother, Zetta Sinclair, written in memory of her two brothers who were killed during the Second World War. Isla is a member of the Commando Veterans’ Association and is an active supporter of the Not Forgotten Association, a forces charity for veterans. She has also been made an honorary member of the Burma Star Association. In 2007, Isla co-produced and starred in a charity show for the Not Forgotten Association and the London Scottish Regiment. In the same year, Isla was invited to sing the lament Flowers of the Forest at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Flanders, Belgium, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, in the First World War. This moving ceremony was in front of Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of Belgium, as well as other European Heads of State and Commonwealth Representatives. Further details can be found at This memorable concert will also involve the Salvation Army West of Scotland Youth Band, The Mackintosh Choir and a Solo Piper & Dancers. It will be a night to remember. Glasgow Phoenix Choir recordings receive regular play on local and national radio stations. Our latest recording is a special postcard CD of Scottish songs, recorded in St Andrew’s RC Metropolitan Cathedral, Glasgow. All proceeds from this CD will benefit the St Andrew’s Hospice, Lanarkshire, which this year celebrates 30 years of service to the community and which is currently in need of refurbishment and restoration, to support patients and their families. Sponsorship by CO-OP FUNERALCARE allows the Choir to take on more fund-raising concerts for many worthy causes such as this and to travel further afield. Our tour at the end of May, 2017, will see us performing concerts to raise funds for charities in Oban, Iona, Lochgilphead and Loch Awe (see our website for more details of these events). Our latest CD was also made possible because of our sponsorship. The choir has itself raised over £1.5M for many charities in the 66 years of its existence – which resulted in the award of the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International.

Essential information

Music / Choir
£10.00; £12.00; £14.00; £17.00
19th May 2017
7.30 to 10.00 p.m.

Event contact information

Anne Kay
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
2 Sauchiehall St
G2 3NY
Tel: 0141 353 8000
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Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Buchanan Galleries
2 Sauchiehall St
G2 3NY
Phone: 0141 353 8000

By Anne Kay (740)


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