The Glasgow Choir return to Helensburgh to celebrate the Queen’s reign


A LEADING choir from Glasgow is set to return to Helensburgh next month as part of a weekend of special events at a church in the city to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The City of Glasgow Chorus will perform at St Michael and All Angels Church in William Street on Saturday 4th June.

Under the direction of its new musical director, Paul Keohone, this concert celebrates in choral music the Queen, her reign, the cultural diversity of the United Kingdom and that of the Commonwealth.

The choir will be joined by soloists Anthony Moffat (violin) and David McKellar (euphonium) and accompanists David Hamilton (organ) and regular choir accompanist Colin Taylor (piano).

Paul, for whom next month’s concert will be his conducting debut with the full choir, said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to take on the musical direction of the wonderful choir in the city of Glasgow last November.

“My mission is to expand CGC’s repertoire by introducing the Chorus to a broader and more eclectic mix of musical styles and genres, encompassing everything from the early music of Palestrina to living composers such as Whitacre, Rutter, Chilcott and L’Estrange, some of whom are represented in this concert.

Of this concert, Paul also commented: “As we celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, the first words that come to mind are ‘model’.

“To have reigned for 70 years with so much dignity and grace is a lesson for all of us.”

It is up to all of us to be role models, in our family lives, our workplaces and, most importantly, in our communities at large. We are, each of us, responsible for the welfare of those around us, whether they are rich, poor, young, old, black, white or of any religion or belief.

This gig will be the first gig the full choir has given since lockdown in March 2020 and ‘bookend’ the pandemic, as their last full gig on March 7, 2020 was also at St Michael and All Angels.

Other events taking place in the Church during the Jubilee weekend include a garden party in the parsonage garden, ‘Jubilee in Bloom’ and the Sunday evening Jubilee carol.


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