Spirits raised at church guild’s concert

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Performers young and old pitched together for an evening of music, song and dance.

Lorne and Lowland Church Guild’s annual concert, on Monday of last week included: dancers from the James Mccorkindale School of Dancing, Campbeltown Brass’ Junior Ensemble A, the Lorne and Lowland Church choir, a number of solo singers and teenage guitarist Hope Strang.

The flu epidemic played havoc with scheduling but it did not appear to affect the show as all acts followed seamlessly.

Master of ceremonies, Reverend Philip Wallace, performing one of his last duties in Campbeltown, before his move to Renfrew North parish, kept the audience entertained between acts with a series of jokes.

The brass musicians opened the evening with four Beatles instrumentals: I Want to Hold Your Hand, Yesterday, Yellow Submarine and She Loves You.

In their second set, after the interval, they played A Northumbrian Folk Song Suite.

Conductor Katrina Barr told the audience: ‘We are at the top level of brass bands in Scotland.

‘I am very proud of these players because two weeks ago they were confirmed as the best ensemble in their division in Scotland.’

Dancers performed the following: Earl of Errol by Solana McMurchy, Flora MacDonald by Erin Binnie and The Village Maid by Lisa McKellar.

Jimmy Reid took the show onto country roads and Peter Armour told the tale of copying a dancing centipede.

The Junior Ensemble A from left are: Hannah McCaig, Jack Campbell, Andrew Colville, Jamie Colville and Rhona Campbell. 25_09guildconcert01

Peter Armour in full song. 25_09guildconcert03

Some singers were accompnied by David Gardner. 25_09guildconcert04

Solana McMurchy dances the Earl of Errol. 25_09guildconcert02

Guitarist Hope Strang. 25_09guildconcert06

The Lorne and Lowland church choir. 25_09guildconcert08