Music club’s Christmas concert showcases talent

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Words and pictures by Mark Davey

A band of some of the area’s best musicians were on song at Kintyre Music Club’s Christmas Concert.

Lorne and Lowland church hall was packed for the showcase of talent last Friday evening and extra chairs were needed to accommodate late arrivals.

Show compère and accompanying pianist David McEwan said: ‘It is not often that I play to a capacity audience.’

The evening’s entertainment opened with a jazz piano score: Forcing the Pace by Christopher Norton which Mr McEwan said was a very difficult piece to play. It was executed flawlessly by S2 pupil Emily Bennie.

Hannah McCaig followed on with a voice solo of Robert Burns Ay waukin o arranged by F G Scott.

Hannah McCaig's voice solo.
Hannah McCaig’s voice solo.

A pair of choirs performed. First Dalintober School Choir, conducted by Catherine Black, sang Hallelujah followed by Take these wings and let me fly.

Mrs Black’s conducting looked amazing and it was a shame that she had her back to the audience.

Dalintober School Choir conducted by Catherine Black.
Dalintober School Choir conducted by Catherine Black.






The evening’s second pianist  was P6 pupil Grace Mctaggart playing Mozart’s Romanze excerpted from Eine kleine Nachtmusik .

Duet Iona Renton and Amy Ross.
Duet Iona Renton and Amy Ross.

Singer Iona Renton performed twice during the evening. The first time Iona and Amy Ross, duetted a David McEwan composition, the Wee Toon complete with actions.


Christina McTaggart appearing in the Christmas concert for the second time made sure the audience’s feet were in tune. She played Foot Tapper by the Shadows on electric guitar.

Flautis Liam Bennie took the show to Italy with Puccini’s O miobabbinocaro meaning: Oh my beloved father. He added some comic notes playing Lionel Bart’s Oompahpah.

Flautist Liam Bennie.
Flautist Liam Bennie.

Drumlemble School Choir took the show out on the water with Big Boats, Small Boats and finished Top O’ the  mornin.’

P4 pupil Charlie Colville added a festive note, playing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on his cornet before Give me Joy in my Heart.

Cornet player Charlie Colville.
Cornet player Charlie Colville.

Violin virtuoso Amy Paterson, appearing on stasge for the first time, played Phil Cunninghasm’s A Bright Star in Cepheus written in memory of his brother.

Amy returned to the stage for the evening’s final number Morgen with a score by Richard Strauss. the words were written by Scotsman John Henry MacKay.

Violinist Amy Paterson
Violinist Amy Paterson.

Mr McEwan told the audience he is passionate about preserving Gaelic as he introduced Iona Renton hauntingly singing the Lord’s Prayer translated into Gaelic as Am-Athair.

Soloist Iona Renton
Soloist Iona Renton.






The show’s second flautist, Erin Soudan, played Irish tradional piece Brian Boru’s March. 

Flautist Erin Soudan.
Flautist Erin Soudan.

The third pianist, but an equal to the first two, Rona Campbell played Russian trad number Black Eyes.



After Scott Oman’s rendition, Tuba Smarties by Herbie Flowers, on the eponymous brass instrument, Mr McEwan emphasised the importance of a number’s bass line and how crucial role of the bass.

Scott Oman plays Tuba Smarties by Herbie Flowers.
Scott Oman plays Tuba Smarties by Herbie Flowers.

Voice soloist, baritone, Ruairidh Wallace sang Lennon and McCartney’s Michelle before singing Franz Lehar’s aria,You Are My Heart’s Delight  from the 1929 operetta The Land of Smiles.

As the concert ended Mr McEwan thanked all the performers, their parents and teachers.




Scott Oman plays Tuba Smarties by Herbie Flowers. 25_c50musicclub04

Flautist Erin Soudan. 25_c50musicclub06

Singing soloist Iona Renton. 25_c50musicclub07

Violinist Amy Paterson. 25_c50musicclub02

Cornet player Charlie Colville. 25_c50musicclub08

Hannah McCaig’s voice solo. 25_c50musicclub01

Dalintober School Choir conducted by Catherine Black. 25_c50musicclub12

Pianist Rona Campbell. 25_c50musicclub05

Duet Iona Renton and Amy Ross. 25_c50musicclub11

Drumlemble School choir. 25_c50musicclub09

Flautist Liam Bennie. 25_c50musicclub10

Singer Ruairidh Wallace. 25_c50musicclub03