New choir gives a voice to Argyll ladies

The Voices of Argyll choir closed its first tour with performances at Inveraray Castle.
The Voices of Argyll choir closed its first tour with performances at Inveraray Castle.

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Argyll’s newest chamber choir has concluded its first summer tour with performances in Inveraray Castle.

Members of the Voices of Argyll choir were delighted when the Duchess of Argyll agreed they could close their tour with two performances in the music saloon of Inveraray Castle last Saturday.

The choir members were treated to a private tour of the castle and were delighted to receive high praise from tourists from America and China.

Prior to the castle performance, the choir gave a pop-up performance next to the Vital Spark in Inveraray, delighting locals and tourists on a misty morning.

The choir then filmed footage for their music video in Ardkinglas Estate. The audio for this was recorded by Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s engineer Hedd Morfett-Jones.

Choir member Fiona McNab said: ‘I travel from Lochgilphead to Dunoon to sing with the wonderful ladies in the Voices of Argyll choir.

‘It is amazing standing shoulder to shoulder, singing harmonies together. It is wonderful to be singing with such lovely ladies and with such an inspirational leader.’

The choir – whose director Alison McNeill also conducts the National Youth Choir of Northern Ireland, Scotland’s National Boys Choir and is assistant director of Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus – began its tour in Dunoon, at St John’s Church, to a packed audience, some of whom travelled from Glasgow for the debut.

‘Our summer tour was a joy – beautiful locations and so much laughter,’ said choir member Sandy Craig. ‘Everything I love about singing I have found in this marvellous choral adventure.’

Fellow chorister Wendy Rarity said: ‘This ladies’ choir is like nothing I’ve experienced before; the camaraderie is wonderful and Alison’s instruction is invaluable. I have learnt a huge amount in a very short time.

‘Our first live concerts and tour to Inveraray were awesome. We were at one with nature as well as with each other and we also had such great fun. I cannot wait until we restart in September. Voices of Argyll enriches my life.’

Voices of Argyll will be holding a fun audition and singing workshop at Dunoon’s Royal Marine Hotel at 7pm on Wednesday June 8 for any women – aged 17 and upwards – from across Argyll, who enjoy singing.

There are also plans to launch a children’s choir in September; any children in P4 to P7 are invited to attend an audition workshop on Wednesday June 8, also at Dunoon’s Royal Marine Hotel.

Anybody interested in auditioning should register their interest by emailing

For more information, visit or the choir’s Facebook page.


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