The Ythan Singers celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the forthcoming London Olympics in their annual charity concert “Let’s Celebrate” with music from around the world and from great British composers.
The concert opened with Smetana’s lively opening chorus “Let Us Join in Celebration” from “The Bartered Bride”. The first half of the concert then took the audience around the world to “Wonderful Copenhagen”, “Moscow Nights”, “On the Blue Danube” and on to Italy, Spain, Africa, Australia (where the choir Waltzed with Matilda!) and America, celebrating many of the countries who are taking part in the Olympics. Hazel Wilkins sang a beautiful Italian Aria “Caro Mio Ben” and a quartet consisting of Carol Addison, Christine Cruickshank, Frances Morrison and Jennifer Strachan sang a lively American Gospel Song “I’d rather have Jesus”.
The second half began with Rudyard Kipling’s “Non Nobis, Domine”, set to music by Roger Quilter and continued with songs from composers such as Vaughan Williams, John Rutter, and Paul McCartney; Scotland being represented by the comedy song “The Wee Cooper O’ Fife” and Wales by that beautiful old melody “Watching the Wheat”. The first solo was an old favourite by Ivor Novello “Someday My Heart Will Awake” sung with feeling by Carole Fox and the second by Sheila Craggs “I’ll Walk Beside You” by Alan Murray. During the concert Jean Stevenson showed off her versatility not only as a choral singer but also by performing a flute solo in “Cross the Wide Missouri” and a recorder solo in Karl Jenkin’s “Cantilena”. The concert ended on a rousing note with two choruses from Gilbert and Sullivan. Throughout the concert the audience were tapping their feet and humming along to the many well-known favourites.