InChorus will be taking to the stage in West Linton to perform a fundraising concert in tribute to a much loved choir member, Celia Hayton.
Celia, who had performed as part of InChorus since it began in 2008, died in August after battling cancer for more than six years. All through her illness Celia’s loyalty to InChorus continued, rarely missing a rehearsal or performance and even travelling to New York to perform alongside her fellow InChoristers and Lothian and Borders Police Choir (now Edinburgh Police Choir). Her contribution to the choir continued well into 2016, taking part in local concerts and filming for YouTube videos.
Musical Director, Aly Skidmore said:
All past and present members of InChorus remember Celia with great fondness. She was always cheerful with a wicked sense of humour and the most infectious laugh. The enthusiasm and zest which she threw at every performance rarely wavered, despite her illness and a gruelling treatment regime. We will always be inspired by the courage, grace and determination with which she approached life.
Celia, a resident of West Linton for most of her life, was well known to local folk, and it has been the source of much amusement to InChorus members that, within the boundaries of that village, they are mostly known as “Celia’s choir”. Therefore, when Celia died it seemed the most natural decision that InChorus should put on a local concert in her memory.
“To us, Celia epitomised InChorus spirit.”, continued Aly, “We really feel that we shared our choir with someone very special, and we want to join her friends and family in West Linton to remember and celebrate that.”.
The event will take place in West Linton Primary School on Saturday 29th October at 7.30pm. InChorus will be joined by Celia’s friends from the Edinburgh Police Choir.
Tickets are free and are available from J&R Bell, Newsagents, Main Street, West Linton, which is where Celia worked. There will be a collection on the night for Macmillan Cancer Support which helped Celia throughout the years of her illness.