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Ace Chorus Entertains

Date

18th November 2017

Society

Artistic Concert Experiences

Venue

SEC Armadillo, Glasgow

Type of Production

Concert

Director

Rona McKenzie

Musical Director

Richard Johnston

Report

Author: Alison Pendlowski

From the moment ACE chorus ‘Struck’ up the Band in the opening number to the rousing encore which ended with 9 to 5 they held the audience’s attention. The usual varied programme chosen by Richard Johnston Musical Director and Rona McKenzie, Producer/ Director ensured there was something for everyone to enjoy. The first half included a variety of styles and genres of songs.  My personal favourite was a powerful rendition by Alex Lawrie and Lorna Garvin of If He Really Knew Me.  The company in their sea of blue shirts and ties obviously enjoyed the big numbers of Reach Out I’ll be There and By the Rivers of Babylon.  Stuart Abernethy and Vickie Ferrier are to be congratulated on coping with a technical hitch with their microphones. Still able to make the audience laugh with Goodness Gracious Me.  A song I hadn’t heard for many years.  The first half finished with an Abba medley which again brought back memories. Who knew so many of us remembered the words and found it difficult not to join in on occasions!  One of the strengths of ACE chorus is the quality of the soloists and the fact that they are willing to tackle challenging music on short rehearsal time.  This was demonstrated in the second half.  It opened with two songs from West Side Story followed by two from Les Miserables.  Nicole Cassidy’s I Dreamed a Dream held the audience spell bound.  Other songs from shows followed showcasing solos from Lorna Brown, Robert Brogan and Alan McAtee.  To borrow a phrase from the opening song – everyone loves a band and the ACE Orchestra live up to this saying.  A change to the programme meant they played the theme from the Magnificent Seven.  Very atmospheric.  The second half officially ended the way the half started with a song from West Side Story.  As ever we were sent home with an encore of three songs Lucky in Love, I Will Survive and 9 to 5 all guaranteed to keep the audience singing all the way home.  Thank you all for an excellent concert.  I look forward to next year.