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The Peebleshire – September 2014
Local Choir raises over £1000 for life-changing charity

As a result of InChorus’ continued fundraising, the choir was delighted to donate a cheque for £1,000 to Changing Faces, a small charity which supports and represents people who have conditions or injuries which affect their appearance.

The cheque was received by ten year old Angus Blacklock who has had much to do with the charity in his short life. Born with just one ear, a condition known as microtia, he has had many operations, and just recently had an ear constructed. Dad, Robin, spoke emotionally about the enormous support his family has received from Changing Faces.

As well as being involved in large charity events, InChorus also collects for charities nominated by choir members who have a particular one close to their hearts. In this case alto, Alison Wilkinson, who works with Robin Blacklock, and knew of the charity’s great work, nominated Changing Faces. The money was raised at all kinds of events in Peebles and Edinburgh.

Angus wanted to hear InChorus sing, and the choir, which had been totally enchanted by their young guest, was happy to oblige with some of their repertoire.
Musical Director, Aly Skidmore, said,
“It’s at times like this that we remember what’s at the heart of InChorus – music, entertainment and supporting people. Changing Faces is a particularly meaningful charity to be involved with. To witness the way in which Angus and his family have benefitted, spurs us on to keep entertaining and to keep helping.”
Aly concluded, “The star of the evening was, undoubtedly, young Angus. He delighted and inspired us all and we wish him well in the future.”
To find out more about Changing Faces look online at www.changingfaces.org.uk

August 2014, featured in The Peebleshire
With getting doused in water for charity becoming the Internet trend, two local choirs took being soaked for a good cause to the next level in Edinburgh as part of the Festival Fringe.
Over 80 singers from InChorus and around 40 singers from the Edinburgh Police Choir braved the thunderstorms on Thursday 21 August to entertain festival-goers outside the National Galleries and raise money for the charity, Changing Faces.
The volume of rainfall rendered any sound system useless, so the choirs sang their hit repertoire ‘a cappella’ including ‘Everybody Needs Somebody’, ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, ‘Happy Together’ and ‘Next to Me’.
Fringe 2014 in the rainHowever, the highlight for the many tourists and residents who braved the weather to watch the breathtaking performance was, by far, the ‘Scottish Medley’, a mash up of Scotland’s best known and loved tunes. From ‘Donald Where’s Yer Troosers’ to the Eurythmic’s ‘Sweet Dreams’ and Dougie Maclean’s ‘Caledonia’ to Paolo Nutini’s ‘Last Request’ , the crowd whooped and laughed as the singers sailed through a stunning 22 Scottish songs within a one hit medley.
The 45 minute performance finished with a collection for Changing Faces, a small charity that supports and represents people who have conditions or injuries which affect their appearance. The cause is close to the choirs’ hearts with a friend of InChorus currently receiving treatment for disfigurement.
One choir member said, “For one evening only we became Poncho Chorus thanks to the distinctly Scottish summer! However, despite the heavy showers, many came out to enjoy our music, and the rain most definitely did not dampen our spirits. We’re delighted to have raised over £1,000 for Changing Faces over the past year as it is a great and important cause close to all hearts of InChorus members.”

July 2014 – Featured in The Peebleshire, written by Ian Buckingham
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.

Featured in the Peebleshire June 2014
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.”
COTY Certificate
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.

Friday, 01 February 2013 13:15 Written by Linda
Following the success of their Christmas concert, the members of the Peebles community choir, InChorus, were delighted to present big cheques to their chosen charities. The concert was a joint venture between the choir and the Rotary Club of Peebles with each receiving half of the final profits.
The beneficiaries of the InChorus share, who received almost £800 each, were the Borders branches of Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal. Representatives of all three charities joined InChorus at their Monday rehearsal to be presented with their cheques, and to tell the choir about the work they do here in the Borders. They spoke of the amazing generosity of local people, particularly in the present economic climate. James Marjoribanks, Chairman of the Margaret Kerr Unit Appeal, said that it was astonishing that the target set for the facility at the Borders General Hospital had been superseded so swiftly. The result is that the unit is already open and, we hear, is the envy of the Edinburgh hospitals.
Andrew Russel, Musical Director of InChorus said, “It is the choir’s aim to continue to raise money for charities, especially ones in our area, wherever and whenever possible. We love taking our music to others anyway, but it is especially satisfying when someone in need benefits from our singing materially as well as spiritually.”

Friday, 28 December 2012 13:27 Written by Linda
Saturday night in Peebles and the entertainment choices are the quarter finals of Strictly Come Dancing, the XFactor final or the InChorus Christmas Charity Concert. I and almost 1000 others, from afar afield as Portugal and other parts of the UK, are very glad that we opted for the last.
It was standing room only in The Old Parish Church, a great venue for an event of this type, except for the occasional pillar which unfortunately limited the view of a few unlucky enough not to get a good seat.
David Spencer from the Rotary Club of Peebles opened the evening with thanks to InChorus and all who had supported the event, explaining which charities would benefit from the proceeds.
The choir, smartly dressed in pink and black, immediately got everyone into the Christmas spirit with their rendition of “Ding Dong Merrily on High” after which Andrew Russel, their Musical Director, welcomed everyone and special guests for the evening.
What followed was a unique mixture of the modern and classic including “Something Inside So Strong”, “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire, plus a clever medley of modern songs based on the Police classic “Every Breath You Take” and finally (my favourite) a unique arrangement of one of the best songs ever written – Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida”.

It was also great to hear the capacity audience belting out two of the most popular Christmas hymns, as their input to the musical extravaganza. I’m sure every minister in the land would love a congregation of this size over the next few weeks.
The very special guest for the evening was Dougie MacLean who delivered what was clearly, by the reaction of the audience, the highlight of the evening- “Caledonia”-, a song which he wrote many years ago on a beach in France, and which is known and loved throughout the world.
The other guests, a group, possibly Peebles’s very own “Boy Band”, consisting of one lad from the Scottish Police Choir and three from InChorus, the Amber Knights, displayed their harmonic skills with 3 numbers, the best of which was definitely their arrangement of “Crocodile Rock”.
The evening closed with the inevitable encore and a song which I am sure has been voted in one of many polls at this time of the year , as the best ever Christmas song, “ Fairytale of New York”, and it proved to be a great end to a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Unlike the singing and dancing competitions on TV there was no phone in vote at the end of show, but I think everyone was a winner. The choir, who undoubtedly enjoyed the evening as much as the audience judging by their broad smiles throughout, and the charities who will get some much needed support and the community of Peebles and district as a whole, all benefitted. It is a great credit to the area that a choir of this quality and versatility can be developed and so well supported.

Sunday, 01 July 2012 00:00 Written by Linda
There was standing room only in Peebles’ Old Parish Church on Saturday 9th June as InChorus paid tribute to the people of Peebles and the surrounding villages for the support they had given to the choir for last year’s 9/11 commemoration trip to New York. In a turn around of normal procedure, after a verbal ‘thank you’ from musical director, Andrew Russel, the choir applauded the audience. Thankfully, however, it was the choir who went on to perform a musical programme of old, new and ‘work in progress’ as it was doubtful that the audience would have had anything rehearsed.
The first half consisted mainly of older pieces of the InChorus repertoire including a moving version of Snow Patrol’s ‘Run’, a tribally vigorous rendition of the Swahili version of the Lord’s Prayer, Baba Yetu, and the great favourites ‘Nella Fantasia’ and ‘Higher and Higher’. This time the audience applauded and the sound was deafening.
Between numbers Andrew Russel elucidated the great poignancy of the 9/11 mission, but also informed us of the moments of humour involved in accommodating such a large choir in New York City, and the unforeseen problems that arose. If you found yourself unable to attend the concert, all that should be said is that perhaps the next time InChorus tours abroad they should seek sponsorship from ‘The Bed Shed’ and ‘Sudocrem’.
The second half of the programme began with a lusty performance of ‘Beautiful Fat Bottom Girls’, a new melding of the Queen classic and Christina Aguilera’s ‘Beautiful’ complete with false DJ style ending that had the audience applauding twice. Keep it in! Other numbers included the arena pleasing Take That’s ‘The Flood’, a thoughtful presentation of ‘Something Inside so Strong’ and, in a possibly unplanned tribute to the Diamond Jubilee, another Queen song ‘Somebody to Love’. Even after sixty years she writes a mean song.
Andrew introduced a new TV themes medley which the choir were ‘trying out’. As we have come to expect with Mr Russel’s arrangements, this was expertly pulled together except for the TV schedulers’ nightmare – ‘How do you follow ‘Panorama’ with ‘The Vicar of Dibley’?’ Andrew, the Jeremy Paxman of the rostrum, soon had the choir back on the right note – or else!
The concert concluded with James Taylor’s emotive ‘Lonesome Road’ in an arrangement of the song appropriately gifted to InChorus by an American choir they had befriended on their New York trip. After some minutes of audience rapturous applause InChorus encored with ‘Jai Ho’ from the film ‘Slum Dog Millionaire’.
The audience dispersed into the Peebles evening suitable thanked by the choir through their enthusiastic and entertaining performance. One young man remarked, “There’s so much depth in everything they do now. It’s like a good group where you can listen to their songs again and again and still hear something new.” There is no doubt that the choir has been on an amazing journey since its inception over three years ago, and, in spite of having completed its mission to New York, it shows no sign of losing its versatility of performance and ability to attract and retain choir members. To paraphrase a quote from ‘Calendar Girls’, “They’re going to need considerably bigger venues!”.
PEEBLESSHIRE YOUTH TRUST
Charity no: SC040322
Dear In Chorus members,
On behalf of Peeblesshire Youth Trust, I would like to send our heartfelt thanks for your kind donation of £100 towards our Christmas Hampers this year.
We were delighted at the response from local groups, businesses, churches and individuals who have made a real difference to over 40 families this Christmas.
Our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year,
Angie Preston
Coordinator
Mary’s Meals would like to thank The InChorus Earth Appeal, the local people and musical groups of Peebles for the fantastic event organised on behalf of our East Africa Appeal. Mary’s Meals is now providing life-saving food to 40,000 children and families facing starvation in drought stricken Somalia by giving around 200 tonnes of food aid to be delivered to Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, where tens of thousands of people have fled in search of food. Mary’s Meals has teamed up with the African relief agency Gift of the Givers to provide around two million meals so far for those affected by the famine in Somalia. The cost to provide one meal is just 4p and so the £3082 raised by the Earth Appeal will allow Mary’s Meals to provide 70,000 life-saving meals.
Mary’s Meals currently provide a daily meal in a place of education to over 600,000 chronically hungry children around the world to attract them to the classroom where they can gain an education which can lift them out of poverty in later life.
We would like to thank the community of Peebles for their act of kindness that will allow our work to continue and grow.
Hannah Weddell
Fundraising Support Officer
Mary’s Meals
“On behalf of the childfren, parents and staff at Priorsford I would like to send a big thank you to InChorus for opening our fair with such gusto. You did us proud and my little singers are still on cloud nine after performing with you!
With your help the Priorsford Singers raised £85 for the local borders children’s charity.
Thanks again
Elaine”
My wife and I were fortunate to have heard your fine choir perform in Times Square on
September 9, 2011 in commemoration of the 9/11/01 tragedy. It was so heart warming for
us to have you share your great talent and know the time and effort it had taken for you to
raise the funds to make the trip–thank you very much for the shared talent, time and effort
you gave for us. We were doubly blessed to receive a CD from one of your performers
which we will cherish as a ongoing memory of this event. Thank you again!
Louis Blankenship
We heard you Downtown across the street from 55 Water st. and the Police Museum on Old Slip
Thank you for playing in New York. We enjoyed your performance and appreciated the spirit in which it was executed.
best
Kevin Costa
PEEBLES community choir InChorus took the high note at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall this month.
In front of an audience of nearly 1,700 people, the group of singers, led by musical director Andrew Russel, combined with Lothian and Borders and Tayside Police choirs for the fundraising concert. And Scottish musicians Dougie MacLean and Mairi Campbell were also on the bill.
From the opening chords of the Les Miserables favourite, Do You Hear The People Sing, the audience were said to be “in awe”.
Highlights included Take That’s The Flood, and Baba Yetu, the Swahili version of the Lord’s Prayer, which reviewer Ben Preston described as “sublime, with even the most seasoned observer confused as to where all the sounds and voices were coming from”.
He added: “Dropping in earth Wind and Fire’s disco classic September near the end was inspired – reminding us of the choirs’ worthy mission to New York to represent Scotland at the 10th anniversary commemoration of 9/11.
“This trip was also represented through the eponymous musical gift from the choirs to the people of New York – a poignant new arrangement of two classic songs, The Star Spangled Banner and Amazing Grace.
“Soloists Sophie Dyer and Chris Judge took the lead, with the choirs providing the harmonies needed to allow the two songs to merge into one.”
“The breathless pause between the music finishing and the applause of the audience starting up said it all.”
Other guests on stage included the Irish Garda choir, school performers from ENotes choir and the Portobello High School Singers, as well as policeman and bagpiper, Richie Adams.
Peebles community choir rocked the Festival Theatre on Saturday night with a spectacular concert to commemorate the nine-year anniversary of 9/11.
Co-hosting Scotland’s first ever September Concert alongside Lothian and Borders Police Choir, the Festival Theatre was a sell-out show. Peebles’ newest choir, now a registered charity, is being heralded as one of Scotland’s strongest performing groups.
The show was compèred by Forth One’s Grant Stott, and featured guest appearances from ex-Marillion front-man Fish, Bruce Watson and The Gospel Truth Choir. The packed audience was on its feet three times for standing ovations as the choir thrilled the audience with its own lively arrangements and humorous renditions of Viva la vida, California Dreamin’, 500 Miles, Higher and Higher, a medley of famous movie soundtracks and several other songs.
The commemoration of 9/11 and its aftermath was given a full dose of compassion as the music told the story of heroism, bravery, loved ones lost and international solidarity, whilst InChorus’s sensational performances kept the celebration of rebuilding lives and the spirit of togetherness very much alive.
Local musician Andrew Russel, the musical director and driving force behind InChorus and the concert itself, presented and conducted the performances. “I’m thrilled that it went so well,” said Andrew to the Peeblesshire News. “Both InChorus and Lothian and Borders Police Choir gave of their best after solid preparation. It’s the first opportunity we’ve had to show what we’re truly capable of, thanks to a venue with the capacity for such an audience and the staging and lighting to highlight how far we’ve come in our first two years. Besides giving full tribute to the memory of 9/11 and celebration of work of those who continue to rebuild, it was an opportunity to show why we’re going to do The September Concert in New York next year at the ten-year anniversary concerts.”
The choirs were also joined by singers from Peebles High School and Biggar High School, as well as junior pupils from five other Scottish schools, for The September Concert’s theme song ‘Give Us Hope’. “The school choirs did a fantastic job, and we’re most grateful for the careful preparation and passionate performance they gave on the night,” said Andrew. “The song was all about younger voices, and they were a credit to their schools and their teachers.”
For many, the highlight of the evening was an arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner and Amazing Grace, written especially for the concert by Andrew. “As far as we know, these two iconic songs have never been sung together before, and we were delighted to have soloists Wanduska Jack Sophie Dyer, who grew up in Peebles, leading with solos before the choirs joined in with harmony. It’s an arrangement we’ll be taking with us to New York.”
Both InChorus and Lothian and Borders Police Choir will be travelling to New York in September 2011 to represent Scotland at The September Concert, as well as events at the Ground Zero site and the British Memorial Garden which was set up to remember Brits lost in the Twin Towers atrocity.
“Preparation for New York starts very soon,” explained Andrew. “We’re going to be representing the Scottish position through our music and in our creative spirit, and it’s important that we’re fully prepared to show Peebles in a very good light. But besides music, we have a great deal of fundraising to do. Choir members will be raising a proportion of their own costs, but we’re on a sincere mission to be involved in as many events as we can whilst there. We’re going to need significant sponsorship and donations to help us travel and stay there economically. The September Concert was a free ticket event, as all September Concerts around the world are, and the costs were covered by a Scottish Borders Council Community Grant, as well as programme sales and donations on the night. It was an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of what we’re doing.”
Although InChorus was born only two years ago here in Peebles, there has been considerable interest in both choirs following the success of the concert, with YouTube featuring excerpts of the concert. “Searching for InChorus, September and Concert brings up a number of recent clips from our flash mob experience in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile during the Fringe, as well as footage from the concert,” says Andrew. “Over the next few days most of the concert should be on YouTube, and we’ll be producing a DVD for those who would like to see the event as a whole. I already know of broader media interest in what we’re doing, our rapid rise from our opening rehearsal in September 2008 to filling the Festival Theatre in September 2010, and in our New York mission and its preparations. We’re happy for our progress to be followed and to highlight what we’re doing, not only because InChorus has a public interest element but because this choir obviously has a bright future ahead and we’re proud of our achievements.”
InChorus and Lothian and Borders Police Choir provided vocals to the Gospel Truth Choir’s version of 500 Miles by The Proclaimers. Says Andrew, “We worked with the Gospel Truth Choir on the choral arrangement of 500 Miles and both choirs feature in their upcoming album ‘Deep Fried Gospel’. It was tremendous singing the live version at the concert. They’re talented singers and, like Fish and Bruce Watson, gave their time and energy to the concert without a fee. That itself was a great accolade and affirmation for us, and we’re certainly planning future collaboration with them.”
The Peeblesshire News will continue to follow InChorus’s progress towards its New York mission in 2011.
19 million people got it wrong!
On Saturday June 5th, 19 million people got it wrong! While they watched the ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ final and voted for the muscular gymnastics of Spellbound, I was sitting spellbound listening to the vocal gymnastics of ‘InChorus ’at their summer concert in Peebles Old Parish Church. Within minutes of the choir’s arrival on stage, an appreciative audience was marvelling at their musically acrobatic version of Bill Wither’s ‘Lean on Me’, an appropriate sentiment for how this choir has developed in the last two years. This was a genuine group effort under the tutelage of Andrew Russel, their musical director, who uses a repertoire of well known contemporary music arranged to suit the talents of the choir members.
The evening’s chosen pieces ranged from the emotionally haunting ‘Nella Fantasia’ by Ennio Morricone from the film ‘The Mission’ and Karl Jenkins’ chorally relaxing ‘Adiemus’, to the arena filling songs of Queen, Take That and Cold Play and a rendition of the Jackie Wilson R’n’B standard ‘Higher and Higher’ which not only required great vocal energy from the choir but also an energetic physical workout of whirling arm movements! Interspersed between these numbers were several group songs performed by selected choir members to give the choir time to get its ‘puff’ back. These included ‘a cappella’ versions of ‘Take Five’ taught and conducted by choir member Phil Gates, a tonally sweet ‘Caravan of Love’ with talented tenor lead, Tommy Wynne, and a wonderful rendition of ‘Only You’ featuring the spectacular, showstopping voice of Iain Thomson. A further five choir members performed a ‘Quodlibet’ where, to a harpsichord-like accompaniment, five different songs were expertly interwoven.
An interesting further layer of sound was added to the singing voices by the beatboxer, Paul Gilbody, who uses his voice as a percussion instrument giving a wide range of beats which provided a backing track for several numbers.
In his inter song comments Andrew Russel expressed his pleasure and pride that a development for this concert had been that the choir members now had the confidence to perform without having sight of their scores and all songs were sung from memory. Indeed within the choir’s back catalogue, there are songs emerging as trademark pieces, such as Andrew’s arrangement of the 80’s hit ‘Africa’. InChorus first performed this at their 2009 Christmas concert, where it proved to be a show stopper. By popular demand it was performed again at this concert – and the rain effect produced by the choir at the start of the song had the Peebles public reaching for their Beltane umbrellas, such was its uncanny similarity to the real thing. Worthy of mention, too, is their version of Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love’, Cold Play’s ‘Viva la Vida’ – and, as mentioned before, ‘Higher and Higher’. Andrew’s arrangements of these songs and others, together with his directing of the choir, have already given InChorus its distinctive sound – one which will, I’m sure, delight the public for years to come. Not only that, as someone pointed out, ‘Everybody looks so happy!’ But it is not just the smiles that make you enjoy InChorus, it is the overall magnificent sound of this wonderful fledgling choir that stays with you long after the concert is over. As one lady said, ‘When the whole choir sings the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!’ Well done to everyone involved.
Local residents may like to know that InChorus will be performing at the Beltane Concert in the Burgh Hall on Thursday 24th June, and at the Traquair Summer Fayre on Sunday 1st August. However, the choir has also some big plans. In September 2011 they will be representing Scotland by performing in New York at the 10th anniversary commemoration events of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 atrocities. In order to raise the public’s awareness of the choir’s New York venture, InChorus has booked the Edinburgh Festival Theatre for a concert on Saturday 11th September this year. Andrew and the choir would like to invite all friends of InChorus, together with all their friends, to come and support them at this important event. Look out for the posters and see the upcoming events page!!
http://www.traquair.co.uk/content/traquair-fair-2010
Lothian and Borders Police Choir and InChorus performed at The Scottish Parliament on 11th May 2010.
A Joint performance with InChorus and Lothian & Borders Police Choirs – at the Ford’s annual “Hospices of Hope” Golf Day – at Bruntsfield Golfing Society in Edinburgh – the evenings entertainment was provided by both choirs. The event had raised just over £10,000.00 on the day – which covers the cost of two nurses in Romania for a whole year. (Ford Newsletter – summer 2010)
“Last week InChorus Musical Director Andrew Russell told radio Scotland he was convinced singing in a choir like his had health benefits. Well, the Peebles group’s performance …last weekend was certainly a tonic for the audience. The obvious joy singing gave their members was evident – sending the crown out into the icy night uplifted…renewing a community Christmas spirit perhaps a tad battered by the wintery conditions. AS (Peebleshire News January 1. 2010)
http://www.traquair.co.uk
– InChorus sang in the open air for the first time on a cold, wet and windy day!! Challenging but great fun and well received by the hardy audience.
InChorus members took part in the recording of the December edition of “Songs of Praise” in St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh (Broadcasted on BB1 – Sunday 27 Dec)
Another sell out at The Eastgate Theatre, Peebles. http://www.eastgatearts.com
Attended by over 1000 people, Old Parish Church, Peebles.
Choir let loose on the public for the first time at the Old Parish Church, Peebles.

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