A shining example

The choir.
The choir.

THE Glasgow Phoenix choir are celebrating a diamond jubilee of their own this year, this week with a special concert entitled Gems are Everlasting.

The group is marking 110 years in the business, as the Phoenix choir rose from the ashes of the Glasgow Orpheus choir, which had previously racked up 50 years on the stage.

Members come from all over the city, with many hailing from Shawlands, Cathcart, Clarkston and Giffnock — and the group recently performed in the Broom church in Newton Mearns too.

Now, 60 years on from becoming the Phoenix choir, the group will celebrate on the Royal Concert Hall stage conducted by Marilyn J Smith, who was also recently awarded an MBE in the new year honours list.

Joining the jubilee celebrations are a number of special guests, including Scottish actress and comedienne Dorothy Paul, entertainer (and honorary choir president) Peter Morrison, as well as cabaret artist Gordon Cree.

The Dunfermline junior chorus will also perform, joining the headlining group in a wide and varied programme catering to all music tastes.

Audiences can expect everything from traditional choral music to modern film and stage show soundtracks, so there’s bound to be something for everyone.

n The Glasgow Phoenix choir perform at the Royal Concert Hall on Friday, April 27. Show starts at 7.30pm and tickets, £5-£15, are available from 353 8000.