Falkirk singers mark their 40th year in fine style

Falkirk Festival Chorus Faures Requiem
Falkirk Festival Chorus Faures Requiem

Falkirk Festival Chorus presents a programme with a truly international flavour on Sunday, May 11, in a special concert to mark the choir’s 40th anniversary.

Remarkably, the choir is still under the helm of its original conductor, Robert Tait, who will wield the baton at this concert, four decades on.

Once again, the concert is part of the annual Tryst Festival, which showcases the best of the arts in the Falkirk area.

This year, the chorus will perform the ‘Missa in Angustiis’ (‘Mass for troubled times’) by the Austrian composer Joseph Haydn.

It is more popularly known as the Nelson Mass, probably because the Admiral attended an early performance.

This will be followed by a selection of well-loved Opera Choruses, including ‘The Anvil Chorus’ by Verdi, and ‘The Waltz Scene’ from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin’, as well as works by Berlioz, Purcell and Mozart.

The soloists are Jessica Leary, Soprano; Lynda-Jane Nelson, Mezzo Soprano; Luperci de Souza, Tenor; Arshak Kuzikayan, Bass.

All are past or present post-graduate students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, but they have studied and performed all over the world – Jessica in Germany and Australia; Lynda-Jane, who is from Northern Ireland, in the Edinburgh International Festival and many UK and Irish venues; Luperci in Brazil and Argentina; Arshak in his native Armenia and in Italy.

The Scottish Concert Orchestra is led by Ben Buurman, originally from the Netherlands.

The concert will be conducted, as every annual concert has been ever since, by its founder, and musical director extraordinaire, Robert Tait, who is of course a proud Falkirk Bairn!

Falkirk Festival Chorus peform at Falkirk Town Hall at 7 p.m. with a pre-concert talk by the conductor at 6 p.m.

Tickets priced £15 (£12 concession, £5 students) are available from the Steeple Box Office, (01324) 506850.

For full details of the Tryst Festival’s programme visit www.trystfestival.org.uk.