A talented singer from Giffnock performed a live festive spectacle for 700,000 viewers on national television during a live broadcast from an Ayrshire estate.
Fiona MacNeill was chosen to perform a festive melody with group Musichoir live on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
The broadcast took place at Dumfries House, the stately home saved for the nation by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in 2007, as part of a Christmas campaign to tackle loneliness and social isolation at Christmas.
During the programme, which was presented by I’m A Celebrity star Joe Swash, The Duke of Rothesay was seen surprising guests of a festive tea dance at Dumfries House.
A tea dance is held regularly as part of The Prince’s Foundation’s Integrated Health and Wellbeing programme in conjunction with East Ayrshire Council’s Vibrant Communities service and offers elderly people and those with additional support needs the opportunity to dance and socialise with one another while enjoying a meal.
Fiona, a former pupil of Whitehill Secondary School, said: “I joined Musichoir around eight years ago after hearing good things about it from a friend.
“I’ve been interested in music and singing since childhood as I find it to be very uplifting. Through the choir, I’ve been able to perform at some wonderful concerts and meet new friends.
“Performing for Good Morning Britain was a great experience as I watch the show as I get ready for work every morning. There was a lot going on and it was a really nice way to end the year.”
Musichoir was set up in 2011 by Neil Thompson and Susie McMahon, a husband-and-wife team with a strong history in musical theatre. From an initial membership of 23, more than 400 people have been part of Musichoir, which now operates in Glasgow and Ayrshire.
Neil explained: “Musichoir is all about doing something that is fresh and fun.
“That has always been our strength. We want to give people a performing experience and singing experience, backed up by a huge amount of production. I think that’s what sets us apart. Appearing live on Good Morning Britain was a great opportunity for us and I was delighted with the choir’s performance.”
Shiona Johnston, Integrated Health and Wellbeing co-ordinator for The Prince’s Foundation at Dumfries House, said: “Through the tea dances, we aim to help tackle social isolation in Ayrshire.
“The guests look forward to coming along to Dumfries House and socialising with our butlers and events staff.
“Many have also made friends at this event and now arrange to meet them regularly. None of them knew that His Royal Highness was due to attend so it was a lovely surprise for them just before Christmas.”