Ring the Bells
This Christmas, we have joined forces with the London Philharmonic Choir and 50 other choirs throughout the UK (only one other in Scotland!) to perform a Christmas piece, Ring the Bells, by composer Paul Fincham with all royalties going to the homeless Charity, Crisis.
All choirs taking part in the ‘End Homelessness’ initiative have purchased individual sheet music for Ring the Bells from music publisher Boosey & Hawkes who will send the royalties to the charity.
Jon Sparkes, CEO of Crisis, said “ Ring the Bells will help involve and unite choirs and singers all over Britain behind our mission to end homelessness, and raise funds for vital services and campaigning to support homeless people at Christmas and beyond.”
Fancy a wee preview? We've got a video on YouTube!
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 began 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. .
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 credits: Alan Paterson (firstname.lastname@example.org)