Due to the severe weather conditions on Sunday 19th December the annual Stonehaven Chorus concert had to be cancelled. However, the Chorus will present their evergreen Christmas concert in Dunnotar Church on Sunday January 9 at 4.00 p.m.
Christmas carols are timeless and so despite the festive season having passed the carols the Chorus rehearsed for the concert will undoubtedly bring back the nostalgic spirit of goodwill to the audience. This year’s performance, entitled ‘The Christmas Story in Music’ features carols from South America, Canada, Germany, Faroe Isles, U.K. – a joyous celebration for the wonderful festive season.
A special feature will be the presentation of an old Methodist Christmas Hymn, There’s a Song in the Air, written by an American, Josiah G. Holland in 1872. Our conductor, Dr. John Hearne has written a beautiful new melody for the words. The special interest for the audience is that this song was entered by Dr. Hearne in a competition, Sing a New Song – a Christmas Carol Writing Competition. An overwhelming 129 entries from all over the U.K. were submitted and after intensive scrutiny by a panel of eminent composers and writers, a final six carols were selected and sung at a concert on Saturday November 27 in Edinburgh by Cadenza, one of Scotland’s finest amateur choirs. Dr Hearne’s entry was judged to be the winner.
This concert therefore, is a must for everyone and as usual the audience will be an integral part of the proceedings as your voices will enhance the celebration of Christmas with the singing of some old favourite Christmas carols.