ACE Chorus Entertains

Date 12th November 2016
Society Artistic Concert Experiences
Venue The Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
Type of Production Concert
Director Rona McKenzie
Musical Director Richard Johnston


Author: Alison Pendlowski

Having made our way past the queues of people waiting to see a rock band at The Hydro we settled down to a much wider variety of entertainment from the 120 strong ACE Chorus.  Songs featured were from films and musicals and included the usual solos and small group singing.  Many of the songs were on the theme of love and romance.  The evening though got off to a rousing start with That’s Entertainment from the film Band Wagon.  In June 2016 the chorus sang at Barry Manilow’s farewell tour concert in Glasgow and they reprised their appearance with Sweet Heaven from Copacabana and Mandy sung in the second half.  Following a romantic interlude which included Three Coins in a Fountain, Lorna Brown gave a wonderful rendition of Summertime from Porgy and Bess.  The small men’s section of the chorus is to be praised for their rendition of Nothing Like a Dame with soloists dressed in their naval whites.  A great sound from such small numbers.  The Frank Sinatra classic Strangers in the Night was lovely despite not including the ‘doo be doos’. We marched to the interval with Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory.  The second half produced a masked chorus singing Masquerade from Phantom of the Opera.  The ladies of the chorus got their chance to shine with I Enjoy Being a Girl from Flower Drum Song followed by Alan McAtee’s powerful performance of Cry me a River.  As usual the ACE orchestra got their chance to shine with a performance of Aces High from the film Battle of Britain.  The concert finished the way it began with a rousing performance this time of The People’s Song from Les Miserables.  Once again congratulations go to Richard Johnston, Musical Director and Rona McKenzie Producer/Director for a wonderful evening.  It was definitely the correct decision to avoid the rock concert next door.

My thanks to Alison, my wife, for reviewing this concert for me, whilst I worked on the fit-up for a show back in Fife!

Mike Pendlowski