At the start of 2014 Musical Director, Andrew Russel, decided that InChorus should experience the world of choir competition to find out where it stood with other choirs.
“We know we are always appreciated in public performance,” he said, “But I wanted InChorus to be looking outward at the broader picture of choirs so that we understand our position.”
Accordingly, InChorus applied for the Scottish auditions of the ‘National Choir of the Year Competition’, which took place on Sunday in Glasgow’s City Halls.
The lead up to the auditions meant many extra rehearsals to ensure maximum attention was given to every detail. Mr Russel continued, “The choir loves to sing out and give everything it’s got. We now had to work on reigning in our impressive sound to prove to ourselves that even one hundred voices can sing quietly and sound just as wonderful. Over the weeks we have paid particular attention to dynamics and breathing – and the hard work paid off.”
The result was that InChorus won a ‘Choir of the Day’ award and were put forward to the next round of the competition.
The MD concluded, “I am delighted with InChorus’s achievement. The choir has travelled a significant musical distance since the start of the year. We intend to build on that as we go forward”.
In between competition rehearsals, InChorus was asked to sing at a Commonwealth Games delegate’s dinner hosted by Cisco, one of the Games sponsors. This proved to be a huge success with Andrew Russel’s tongue in cheek ‘Scottish Medley’ going down a storm. He said, “In the build up to ‘Choir of the Year’ it was important for us to do some performing, and to include some light hearted pieces in the programme. We were certainly appreciated.”
The photo is of the very proud Choir Manager at the time, Tricia Brown, displaying InChorus’s Choir of the Day certificate.