Choir put their heart and soul into performance

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The Arran Soul Choir really raised the roof at their ‘Souled Out’ concert which they performed to a proper sold out house on Saturday January 26 at the community theatre in Lamlash.

It was the third concert by the soul choir who had more than 60 singers on stage for the show. There were more soloists from choir members and a range of new repertoire from uplifting gospel numbers to dedications to Aretha Franklin. It is exactly a year since the choir’s last concert and members have been working hard doubled their repertoire in that time.

The choir would like to thank the numerous people who supported the event: guest soloist Kirsty Collins, who works as an HR team leader for North Ayrshire Council, Megan Hamill, Arran Events and external lighting agency Ross McCrone, which added the professional feel of production value.

With cabaret-style seating, table candles and snacks and soft drinks provided there was a real ambience in the venue for a terrific show.

Choir leader James O’Neil said afterwards:  ‘Thank you to everyone who helped, and literally strained themselves, to make this one we won’t forget.’

The raffle held raised £570 in aid of the Arran Music School’s widening access fund which will allow the music school to bridge the gap for young people who can’t access the range of tuition/activities currently offered within all Arran schools.

New members are always welcome at rehearsals which take places on Thursday from 7p m to 9pm in the high school, £3 per session pays for music, coffee and cake.

All photographs by David Hogg

The soul choir in mellow mood. NO_B05soul01

The choir raise their hands during an energetic number. NO_B05soul02

The choir belt out another song. NO_B05soul03

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Evelyn Hamilton in fine voice. NO_B05soul06

A tuneful Megan Hamill. NO_B05soul07

James O’Neil makes a point as he conducts the choir. NO_B05soul08

Members of the choir sway along to the music. NO_B05soul09

Moira Manson and Janie Moor side by side. NO_B05soul10

Shay MacLeod performs with the choir. NO_B05soul11

Samantha Payn accompanies on the French horn. NO_B05soul12

Kelly Henbery in soulful voice. NO_B05soul13

Colin Guthrie lends his powerful voice. NO_B05soul14

Kelly Henbery performs solo with the backing band and James O’Neil on piano. NO_B05soul15