St John’s concert on the cards for Phoenix Choir

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The Glasgow Phoenix Choir will be performing a concert in St John’s Renfield Church next month.

The Choir rose out of the ashes of the world-famous Glasgow Orpheus Choir and this year celebrates 117 years of choral excellence – 67 years as the Glasgow Phoenix Choir and 50 years as the Glasgow Orpheus Choir.

The choir flourishes under the guidance of our conductor Marilyn J Smith MBE and Cameron Murdoch, accompanist and depute conductor.

The choir performs over 20 concerts per year and each involves a range of music from choral standards to new music and, in addition, we feature many delightful solo performances by choir members.

St John’s Renfield is something of a second home to the Glasgow Phoenix Choir, as it has additional rehearsals in the church particularly around the Christmas period every year.

In addition, Cameron Murdoch, its accomplished depute conductor and accompanist, is organist and choirmaster of the St John’s Renfield church choir. The Choir has had the privilege to be supported by St John’s Renfield over the years and are pleased to be able to offer its support in the vital repairs required to the church organ.

Glasgow Phoenix Choir recordings receive regular play on local and national radio stations. The latest recording is a special postcard CD of Scottish songs, recorded in St Andrew’s RC Metropolitan Cathedral, Glasgow.

Proceeds from this CD benefit the St Andrew’s Hospice, Lanarkshire, which this year celebrates 30 years of service to the community and which is currently in need of refurbishment and restoration, to support patients and their families and St Andrew’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Glasgow.

Sponsorship by CO-OP FUNERALCARE allows the Choir to take on more fund-raising concerts for many worthy causes such as this and to travel further afield.

It’s most recent tour allowed us to take part in concerts to raise funds for several local charities in the Argyll area and for the Carers’ Trust and the latest CD was also made possible because of the sponsorship.

The choir has itself raised over £1.5M for many charities in the 67 years of its existence – which resulted in the award of the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International.

The performance takes place on Sunday November 5 at St John’s Renfield at 3pm.

For tickets, call 0141334 0782.