Stonehaven Chorus spring concert next month

Stonehaven Chorus is to hold its annual Spring concert in Stonehaven Town Hall on Sunday, May 15 at 7.30pm.

The choir, led by conductor Ralph Jamieson, is performing JS Bach’s Mass in B Minor.

The Mass is a compilation of four separate parts which Bach composed over a period of many years and though it was never performed as a whole in Bach’s lifetime it is recognised as one of the greatest choral pieces ever written.

In this concert the chorus is being accompanied by the well-known Aberdeen Sinfonietta, led by Bryan Dargie and by the superb organist Arthur Balfour.

Also performing with them are five Scottish soloists all of whom have sung extensively in Britain and abroad. They are Catriona Clark and Emily Mitchell, sopranos and Nicholas Nairne, bass. The group is also delighted to welcome back Colette Ruddy, alto, and Timothy Coleman, tenor, who have sung with it previously.

Musical director, Ralph Jamieson, was appointed in 2014 but has been associated with the choir for many years.

He is an established choral and orchestral director who since his appointment has developed and expanded the chorals extensive musical repertoire.

Stonehaven Chorus is a mixed voice choir of around 50 members who perform two major concerts a year and who have toured both in Britain and abroad. Next year it will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a European tour.

The chorus also sings at weddings, community events,charity and fundraising concerts.

Tickets for the concert are available from The Rose Bowl, Barclay Street, Stonehaven and are priced £12, £10 and £5.