As Glasgow played host to the Commonwealth Games, local community choir InChorus joined in to play its part in support of this inspiring event.
In response to a direct request from the organisers of the Big Big Sing, the choir travelled to the BBC hub at Pacific Quay to sing alongside other Commonwealth choirs on the banks of the Clyde. With the backdrop of the ‘Armadillo’ and the iconic Glasgow skyline, InChorus entertained visitors and locals who were enjoying the Games atmosphere, and the hottest day of the year. Although there was a big screen showing live Games coverage, the crowd switched its attention to what was happening on the stage.
Commonwealth GamesInChorus delighted its audience with rousing numbers such as ‘Baba Yetu’ and ‘The Bare Necessities’. This year’s specially written ‘Scottish Medley’ also went down a storm. The professionalism, singing ability and sheer exuberance of the choir resulted in tumultuous applause from the happy Clydesiders and visiting tourists. Towards the end of the performance some cables overheated resulting in the sound system having to be switched off. (It’s nice to know that even the BBC has these kinds of technical problems.) This did not daunt the choir as the audience moved closer to the stage for a more intimate ‘a cappella’ end to the session.
On this lovely sunny day the visitors to Pacific Quay had been treated to an uplifting free concert in wonderful surroundings. What a great advert for InChorus, Glasgow and Scotland. One English visitor said to me, “The weather is hot – and, boy, this choir is ‘hot’. This performance was fantastic. Definitely the ‘coolest’ thing I’ve heard in a long time!”
BBC officials were also suitably impressed. Who knows. I’m sure the choir would consider a recording contract in the future.