With just a week to go until Clacks Choral kicks off its 2019-20 Season, it's time to introduce our new accompanist, Ben Eames.
Originally from Alva, Ben is a classical pianist - now based in Dunblane. In September 2015 Ben attained a Masters of Music (with merit) in piano performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance studying under Douglas Finch.
In July 2014, Ben graduated from the Ian Tomlin School of Music in Edinburgh Napier University with a 1st class Bachelor of Music with Honours studying under Simon Coverdale.
Whilst at Napier, Ben won multiple prizes at the Edinburgh Competitions Festival and performed extensively throughout the Edinburgh and Central Region area of Scotland in venues such as The Queens Hall, Edinburgh; Albert Halls, Stirling; Stockbridge Parish Church, Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Society of Musicians.
Ben is also currently organist at Menstrie Parish Church.
Clacks Choral president Viv Fairchild said, “ I am delighted that someone as talented as Ben is able to join us in time for our new 2019-20 season.”
Clacks Choral Musical director Mike Nolan said,” I’m personally particularly pleased as Ben's enthusiasm for music is infectious. This will provide a real boost to the choir as we begin rehearsals for our Christmas concert soon and we’ve chosen some exciting new pieces as well as traditional favourites to work on”
Ben Eames said,” I really wanted to extend my experience in choral music and Clacks Choral will provide me with just such an opportunity. I look forward to meeting all the choir members soon.”
The choir begins rehearsals on Monday 2nd September 2019 at 7pm and thereafter every Monday night in St Mungo’s Parish Church, Bedford Place, Alloa.
Interested in joining us? We are a friendly bunch and we love to welcome new members. There's no scary audition either! We can be contacted by our Facebook Page or via our website.
All set for our Spring Concert on Saturday 27th April 2019 in St. Mungo's Parish Church at 7:30 p.m. We were delighted to welcome violist Mairi McKellar as our guest soloist. Further details on the News page, linked above.
The show was very well attended and the audience was treated to a varied programme including works by John Rutter, Irving Berlin, Robert Burns and Burt Bacharach.
Choir soloist, Kate Paterson (Soprano) sang Irving Berlin’s “It’s a Lovely Day Today” while Donal Hurley (Baritone) performed the topical Noel Coward piece of political satire “There are Bad Times Just Around the Corner”.
Mairi McKellar's two sets of three viola arrangements charmed and impressed the crowd with Mozart’s Divertimento in C, Schubert’s Adagio from Arpeggione Sonata, Bach’s Prelude & Allemande from Cello Suite No 1 and an exquisite Scottish traditional medley proving firm favourites.
Choir President Vivien Fairchild said:
“Mairi was the star of the show. It was her first ever solo performance and it was amazing.”
There has been very supportive feedback from the audience including David Webster (who recently played Macbeth in the highly successful Tryst Theatre production) who said:
”Great concert. Lovely choral pieces. Some beautiful work from guest soloist, 17 year old Mairi McKellar, making her debut as a soloist and proving the viola is indeed the ‘cello for the chin’. Clacks should be so proud of its choir. Roll on the Christmas Concert!”
The choir was skillfully conducted by Music Director Mike Nolan and accompanied by the talented Lawrence Wright.
Choir President Vivien Fairchild said:
“The night was a huge success. It was fantastic. We had a highly appreciative audience and the choir sang brilliantly from start to finish. The whole show went really well.”
The choir also appeared as part of the 200th Anniversary Celebrations of St Mungo’s Parish Church on Thursday 20th June.
Follow the "Programmes" link above to View/Download/Print copies of past programmes (from Christmas 2007 onwards). The other links are self-explanatory and are all active. In addition to this website, the choir may also be contacted on Facebook @ClacksChoral.
Photo credit: Alan Paterson (email@example.com)