Ace Chorus Entertains

Date 23rd November 2019
Society Artistic Concert Experiences
Venue SEC Armadillo, Glasgow
Type of Production Concert
Director Rona McKenzie
Musical Director Richard Johnstone


Author: Mike Pendlowski

After a break of a few years when I was unable to attend I was delighted to see that the standards of the ACE Chorus and Orchestra remain high.  There was the usual mix of chorus, solo and small group numbers.  The first half got off to a flying start with two Irving Berlin songs that were followed by Ben Brown and Karan Darroch singing Baby It’s Cold Outside, always a favourite.  The gents chorus then serenaded us with Bachelor Boy.  The remainder of the first half was made up with songs from The Lion King, New York New York and God Only Knows by Brian Wilson.  A quartet of ladies also gave us a lively rendition of Making Your Mind Up.  Richard Johnston, Musical Director and Rona McKenzie, Director,  have the difficult task of deciding what songs should be chosen and again this year the selection showed off the variety of styles of music the chorus and orchestra can cope with. The second half ranged through songs from Miss Saigon, Phantom and South Pacific to a beautiful rendition of Blow the Wind Southerly.  Lorna Brown, Lorna Girvin and Alan Mctee providing the solo numbers to great acclaim.  The orchestra got their usual chance to show off their skills playing Summer of 42 by Michel Le Grand.  We were treated to a pop mix by a small group of singers followed by the company taking us home via John Denver’s Country Roads.  The concert was brought to its conclusion with the ever popular Sit Down Your Rockin the Boat with a well executed solo by Robert Brogan.  A rousing encore sent us home happy.  I look forward to hearing what next year’s concert brings.