ACE Chorus Entertains

Date 14th November 2015
Society Artistic Concert Experiences
Venue The Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
Type of Production Concert
Director Rona McKenzie
Musical Director Richard Johnston


Author: Alison Pendlowski

On a wet, miserable night I was looking forward to being entertained as usual by ACE Chorus. I was not disappointed. Although there was a change in colour of shirts and ties, there was no change in the standard of choir, orchestra and soloists. The show opened with two choruses from Crazy for You which displayed the power of 150 voices singing in harmony.  Of the soloists particular mention has to be made of Sharlene Wyllie who sang a beautiful rendition of My Heart Will Go On from Titanic (along with flute and piccolo accompaniment) and also opened the second half with The Lady is a Tramp from Babes in Arms. Her diction and voice quality was crystal clear. It was good to hear something new in Ian Brown’s song from his musical Carnegie along with many old favourite solo songs and choruses. There was obvious enjoyment from the choir in the Mediterranean Flavours section, where not only did they have to learn the music they also had to learn the words in a foreign language. Well done to everyone for doing the whole concert without music in their hands. It makes such a difference to volume and to connecting with the audience. 

One minor issue from the evening was that the images of the soloists projected on the screen above the choir were out of sync with the sound which became distracting at times.

Music in the second half ranged from Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road to Va Pensiero from Nabucco all sung with the choirs’ usual accuracy of diction and musicality. It always good to hear a choir supported by an orchestra who themselves gave a lovely performance of Entr’act from Sunset Boulevard. My particular favourite of the evening was the choral version of the classic What a Wonderful World. We were sent home with a swing in our step with the final Frank Sinatra medley and the rousing encore. Congratulations to Richard Johnston and Rona McKenzie for their direction of the choir and orchestra. Well worth coming out in the rain for.