Ythan Singers’ concert boost for charity

The Ythan Singers raised �370 from their May concert for the British Heart Foundation.
The Ythan Singers raised �370 from their May concert for the British Heart Foundation.
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The Ythan Singers have raised £370 for the British Heart Foundation from their annual charity concert “35 years of Music”.

This year’s event, held at Hatton Public Hall in May, was a special occasion marking 35 years since the group’s formation.

A cheque was presented on Monday night by Ythan Singers’ chairman, Zander Kirk, to Kathryn McIlwaine,
fundraising manager
for British Heart Foundation Scotland.

Each year choir members nominate various charities and a vote is taken to decide on the chosen organisation.

Dr Hazel Wilkins said: “The choir sang with their hearts as well as their voices and are delighted to have raised so much for British Heart Foundation and for bringing so much pleasure to audiences over the past 35 years.”

Kathryn McIlwaine said the charity was delighted with the donation and thanked the Ythan Singers.

She added: “Heart disease is heartless – it strikes without warning, and can tear families apart. We fight for every heart beat”.

Under the baton of their conductor Alison Stephen, and accompanied by Rosemary Lund, the choir took the audience on an inspiring

musical journey.

The concert opened with a selection from West Side Story and the Music Man and included contemporary music by John Rutter; “Look at the World”, “The Gift of Music” and “For the Beauty of the Earth”, and also Karl Jenkins’ “Adiemus” in which Jean Stevenson played the flute solo.

The Sinatra Showcase saw many of the audience humming along, particularly to “New York, New York”!

The Ythan Singers can next be heard at their Christmas concert, which takes place on Friday, December 11, at 7.30pm in St Mary-on-the-Rock, Ellon.