Singers rally to save carol concert

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For the first time in well over 30 years, there will be no John Dick Carol Concert in Lamlash this year.

Traditionally held on the first Monday of December, the concert has been a fixture on the island’s festive calendar since the early 1980s, but a number of events have conspired together to result in the organisers taking a break this year.

But fear not! Thanks to the efforts of many of Arran’s singers and musicians, there will still be an island carol service on that first Monday of December. This year, it is to take place in Brodick Church and will feature carol singing from vocal groups Vivace, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and the Arran Singers, as well as music from Arran Brass and local string group Arco. There will be a strong emphasis on congregational singing so everyone will get a chance to sing their favourite Christmas carols.

‘When we found out that there was to be no carol concert in Lamlash, we felt saddened so decided to see if we could pull something together in its place,’ explained co-organisers Andrew Walsh who is helping stage the event with Susan Dobson and Katy Penn.

‘The board and session at Brodick Church were very quick to offer their support, and everyone we have approached to take part has been very positive. We look forward to welcoming Christmas on Arran with a traditional carol service and a good sing,’ he added.

The island carol service takes place at Brodick Church at 7.30pm on Monday December 3. There will be a collection in aid of CLIC Sargent. Everyone is very welcome.

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Vivace, performing in Lamlash last year, will be taking part in the Brodick concert. 01_B49carol05