Rotary Club performance

PERFORMERS from the University of the Philippines Concert Chorus found themselves going it alone at Stonehaven Town Hall last week.

And their stalwart efforts are expected to mean a significant cash boost for Stonehaven Rotary Club’s ongoing effort to help Rotary International’s part in the battle to finally eradicate polio.

The choir from the Philippines were originally scheduled to take to the stage in Stonehaven last Thursday with two other groups as part of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.

However, Stonehaven Rotary Club international and Foundation committee convener Bill Allan said that the Filipino choir became sole performers after the Mamana Youth Folk Band were unexpectedly called back to Bahrain and an African band, also scheduled to appear, failed to secure visas to enter the UK.

But Mr Allan said the visitors from the Philippines more than met the challenge of having to perform alone and had provided a “marvellous” night of entertainment.

He added:”I think this was a fantastic night of music-this was sheer professionalism and quality of a West End standard.”

Rotary club President Helen Smith, who introduced the choir, dubbed the concert as a “wonderful” occasion.

Mr Allan said that while it was too early to give an exact figure, the amount raised at the event to help rotary’s fight against polio would amount a “significant” sum.The Stonehaven club have staged concerts as part of the international youth festival for a number of years with the battle to finally eradicate polio being the main beneficiary.

Meanwhile, the variety and standard provided by the visitors from the Philippines also came in for praise from the concert goers as they left the town hall.

Ine member of the audience said: “It was not just their singing but the choir’s choreography with lots of changes that held the attention. Their depth of sound was amazing and they richly deserved the three encores they won due to their sheer talent, enthusiasm and charm.”

The varied programme provided by the choir included everything from choral works; traditional music from their own islands to selections from musicals including My Fair Lady and Dream Girls. One other highlight was a moving rendition of The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond, with their soloist providing a more than creditable Scottish accent!