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about the choir

The Dalgarno Singers are a Thornhill-based choir which was formed in 1974 and over that time, grown. This is our 42nd Year.. Our 40th Anniversary, Celebration, Spring Concert in May 2014 was marked with accompaniment by the Dalgarno Orchestra and, included fine solo performances.

We have weekly, two hour practices in Penpont School at 7.30pm on Monday nights between September and May. Our amended Constitution was adopted at our AGM 9th Oct 2017

The Music

We sing a mixture of traditional songs (folk tunes and such as those of Burns), classical choral works (typically Haydn, Handel, Mozart, Rutter and Schubert), and show tunes (recently from Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, My Fair Lady and a Beatles Medley).

A few of our members can sing the notes straight off the printed sheet, but while we value those with musical skills, the most important qualification is enthusiasm and a willingness to work on your music between rehearsals. There is no audition - if you can hear a sequence of 4 or 5 notes and then sing them back, you will almost certainly be able to enjoy developing your skill from there with the choir.

How can I join?

We are always keen to welcome new members of any age and ability. If you have a friend already in the choir, get them to bring you to a practice and introduce you to your singing section leader (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass - if you don't know what voice you should sing, you will be offered a short voice test.)

Alternatively, phone or email one of the Committee; and introduce yourself or just come along to Penpont School at 7.30pm on Monday nights starting in September. After our Christmas Carol Concerts, we restart in January. We will make you welcome and introduce you to the others. You will be given copies of all the music that is currently being rehearsed.

Your first three weeks are considered as a trial period: if you are still with us, you will then be approached by the treasurer and invited to pay the subscription.

In order to keep up our standards, we do hope and expect that once engaged with the choir, every choir member will attend almost all of the rehearsals, missing no more than perhaps one or two in each choir session.

How much does it cost?

Members' subscriptions are £50 per year, payable in two amounts, at the beginning of each of the half-yearly practice sessions September to December and January to April. There is free membership for those in full time education.

The choir is non profit-making. Our running costs include payment for rehearsal and concert venues, hire of music, and fees paid to our musical director and accompanist, and to soloists and musicians when they are required.

Public Performances

We have a Christmas Concert of seasonal music, a Supper Concert of light music early in the year and our Spring Concert, a major work, in April / May. At concerts, ladies wear black tops and long black skirts or trousers and gentlemen wear dinner jackets.

Choir image: Supper Concert 2017 © courtesy Christine Guthrie

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