Ace Chorus Entertains

Date 17th November 2018
Society Artistic Concert Experiences
Venue The Clyde Auditorium
Type of Production Concert
Director Rona McKenzie
Musical Director Richard Johnstone


Author: Alison Pendlowski

I finished last year’s review with the words ‘I look forward to next year’ and I wasn’t disappointed.  The concert started with On a Wonderful Day Like Today and what a wonderful evening it was.  As usual ACE chorus served up a variety of company and solo numbers from a wide range of genres.  Richard Johnstone and Rona McKenzie obviously know their company and orchestra well and are not afraid to challenge them with some difficult pieces.  From the up tempo Razzle Dazzle sung by Ben Brown to the heartfelt As Long as He Needs Me sung by Liz Shearer the first half of the concert got off to a good start.  The gents chorus were particularly good this year with a rich rendition of From Russia with Love.  Alan McTee channelled his inner Roy Orbison to sing Pretty Woman.  Some popular numbers from the 60s featuring a range of soloists followed with some nice production touches in Seven Little Girls.  The first half finished with One Day More from Les Miserables, always a popular choice.  The second half kept the momentum going. It was nice to hear the company sing something different with You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story.  Sharlene Wyllie sang a beautiful version of Wind Beneath My Wings.  Particular mention has to go to the one man percussion section of the orchestra who seemed to play every percussion instrument available, often two at a time with different rhythms during this song.   As I have often said in these reviews it is so good for a choir to be supported by an orchestra of this standard.   Their own show piece was the overture from Mack and Mabel.  Other soloists who deserve a mention are Ian Brown who sang the powerful Music of the Night from Phantom and Kara Conway who sang Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me.  The company finished the concert with a rousing Blow Gabriel Blow and as we have come to expect an encore that we were encouraged to join in with of a selection of well known 60s songs including Walking Back to Happiness.  I, once again, look forward to walking (well driving) back to see ACE Chorus again next year.