Let the people sing!

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WHILE the Glasgow Orchestral Society may be the country’s oldest, they are determined to stay ahead of the times.

The city’s largest amateur group, which formed in 1870, will hope to bring in a whole new group of fans with their concert on Saturday.

The performance will kick off a run of cultural events in association with the Commonwealth Games.

The Commonwealth celebration features a newly-commissioned fanfare by John Maxwell Geddes, Let Glasgow Flourish.

They are joined by the Commonwealth Choir and soloists from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in the choral blockbuster, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

The programme is all twentieth century classics chosen to be accessible to a wide audience..

Malcolm Arnold was one of the most popular and accessible of British composers of the postwar generation and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who turns 80 this year is another major musical figure with a commitment to reaching a wide audience.

Sir Davies will retire this year after a decade as Master of the Queen’s Music.

Alongside Let Glasgow Flourish, the full programme includes John Maxwell Geddes’ Strathclyde dances, Malcolm Arnold’s Scotland Dances, Peter Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding, with sunrise and Carla Orff’s Camina Burana (for chorus orchestra and soloists).

Tickets are available in the booking office or at the door of the City Hall on the day of the show (Saturday, March 8).

More than 300 performers, including orchestra and singers, will take part.

The main chorus is drawn from local choral societies.