ACE Chorus Entertains

Date 15th November 2014
Society Artistic Concert Experiences
Venue The Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
Type of Production Concert
Director Rona McKenzie
Musical Director Richard Johnston


Author: Mike Pendlowski

With a chorus of over 150 singers and an orchestra exceeding 40 musicians, this was an evening to sit back, relax and savour in the comfortable surroundings of The Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow. The Concert was, largely, static (purely an observation – not in any way a criticism!) with some of the soloists moving out to down right to allow for some production. However, even before the choir began to sing, my eyes were attracted to how well the members were attired in their ACE uniformity. A pleasure to see and an early hint of the carefully planned programme that was to come.

Following the tried and tested formula of opening and closing each half with a big popular number, proved to be a winner yet again.

I only wish I had the space to mention each of the excellent soloists individually. Instead, if I may be permitted to choose a personal favourite from each half, my  Act One choice would be the concluding item “When the Saints go Marching in” – and not any old version, rather, an arrangement by John Rutter – a name which sets the ears tingling before a note is played.  The dynamics in this piece demonstrated the absolute control that Richard Johnston has over the Chorus – a tricky item, played and sung to perfection.  A favourite from Act Two must surely be Nicole Cassidy’s performance of “Killing Me Softly with Your Love”. Nicole’s interpretation of this piece was one of the best I have heard, and drew well-deserved applause from the large and enthusiastic audience. During the second act we were also treated to an orchestral item – the overture from “Mack and Mabel”. An excellent choice which showed off the various sections of the orchestra to their best.

All in all an evening of first class entertainment, well directed both musically and artistically. Congratulations to the myriad of talented soloists that Richard and Rona attract without fail! Just a niggling little point at the end – please don’t let the chorus begin to exit before Maestro Johnston takes his final call!

Notwithstanding, well done ACE. Another very successful and enjoyable Concert.