CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2023
Saturday 16th December 2023
We will be holding our 2023 Christmas Concert on Saturday 16th December, starting at 7.30pm.
It will take place in Lyle Kirk, Union Street, Greenock PA16 8DD. Tickets are £12, which includes festive refreshments. Under 18s are free.
Tickets are also available from choir members or at the door.
This is a very special event, as it will be our first concert with our new Musical Director, Nicholas Wilks, who says “Our concert features special guests Riverside Brass, and will include favourite carols for the audience to sing, as well as some more recent gems from living composers including Oliver Tarney and John Rutter.”
Nicholas Wilks took up his post as Musical Director of Greenock Philharmonic Choir in summer 2023, having moved to North Ayrshire from Hampshire.
Nicholas studied conducting and clarinet as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music. His experience as a singer and conductor is wide and varied, and has included a range of musical directorships.
Saturday 25th March 2023
At the end of March we performed ‘Elijah’ by Mendelssohn in the Lyle Kirk, with Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, and featuring four fantastic soloists - Catriona Hewitson, Penelope Cousland, James Schouten and Ross Cumming.
This was our last concert with Andy McTaggart as conductor, and he certainly finished on a big high. The music was terrific, the choir sang very well, and the orchestra were outstanding. Ross Cumming was particularly good as Elijah, and we were pleased to feature an octet from within the choir, singing ‘For He shall give His angels charge over thee’.
COME AND JOIN US!
Rehearsals are at 7.15pm on Monday evenings in the Lyle Kirk, Union Street, Greenock. New singers in all sections will be made very welcome.
This is our first year with Nicholas Wilks as our new musical director, and the choir members are full of anticipation and looking forward to a new era with Nick. After six successful years under the baton of Andy McTaggart, we have exciting plans ahead, including our Christmas Concert on 16th December, and a rarely performed version of Mozart’s Requiem in Spring 2024.
We are also holding a Come and Sing Coronation Music day in St John’s Episcopal Church, Union Street, Greenock on Saturday 19th August. All singers are very welcome to join us. Click here for more information.
There are no auditions. Music reading is preferred, but not essential. Please feel free to contact us with any questions at all. We are friendly, rehearsals are fun, and nobody should ever feel under pressure although we do strive to achieve musical excellence!
SONGS OF NIGHT AND DAY
Friday 17th February 2023
An evening of music including opera, musicals and popular song, journeying from dusk to dawn was enjoyed.
This concert was in the more intimate setting of St. John’s Episcopal Church Hall, Union Street, Greenock.
The songs and pieces were a mix of popular and classical song, opera, folk and film music programmed to follow the rising and falling of the sun.
SUPPORT THE MUSIC
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Sponsorships, donations and attending concerts are only a few of the ways in which you can get involved.
Contact us today to find out how you can make your contribution to the musical culture of Inverclyde.