Well, what can be said about the 10th anniversary of the first outing of RSCM Scottish Voices which does not sound over the top and exaggerated? The fact is that we had a phenomenal celebration with Choral Evensong in St Giles’ Cathedral, followed by an excellent finger buffet. We had probably the largest congregation we ever have had with us at one of our services. All in all, I don’t think we could have asked for a better way to celebrate 10 years of singing to the glory of God.
Needless to say, there are a load of people to thank. St Giles’ staff who went out of their way to accommodate us and make us feel at home – Michael Harris, their Organist and Master of the Music who assisted us so much in the organisation of the event, Rebecca McKinley the new Music Coordinator who was helping us during the day, and of course Rev. Helen Alexander, Assistant Minister, for leading this special service.
Our members turned out eager and in good voice as always, this time ably augmented by 17 guests from south of the border, bringing us up to a total of 52 singers. Among these was Rosemary Field, the RSCM Deputy Director, and also one of our members, Kirsten Reid, representing the RSCM Scotland Committee, both leading us in the bible readings. With Kevin Duggan on the phenomenal Rieger organ – what a sound! – the acoustics of the combination of organ and voices were incredible.
The choir is a tribute to the vision and drive of our Musical Director, Frikki Walker, and once again he did not fail to deliver, impressing our guests and choir with his good humour and musical ability. Thank you Frikki, and everyone involved. I hope the memories of the day will remain with you.
So that’s it for this year – going out with a bang! My thanks to everyone who has made my first year as Administrator as painless as possible. For choir members, we meet next at our Residential Weekend. Our next public outing, in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen, is on Saturday 14th September.