Ladies choir concert next Thursday

THE annual much-anticipated concert by Portadown Ladies Choir is next Thursday night (8pm) at the Town Hall in Edward Street.

The choir, under conductor Gordon Speers, will be singing an eclectic range of music - from Grieg’s ‘Springtime’ to two items by Andrew Goodard, ‘The Wind Beneath My Wings’ (The Bette Midler hit from the film ‘Beaches’) to Scott Joplin’s ‘The Entertainer’, and a series of arrangements by Dr Havelock Nelson, of BBC Northern Ireland fame.

Specials guests this year are ‘Harpbeat’, which consists of acclaimed harpist Marie Burns and soprano Helen Black, who are sure to draw the crowds. Marie is so respected as an Irish harpist that the archivists of the Yeats poems gave her permission to set his words to music. Helen - a soloist in her own right - is also a member of the wonderful group ‘Capella Caeciliana’ who have sung in venues as diverse as Mussenden Temple on Northern Ireland’s North Coast to the famed Orient Express.

Then, in the ladies’ choir tradition of giving local talent an important platform, well-known local dancer Zoe Robinson, a student at Portadown College, will be a guest at the event. A promising exponent of tap, ballet and modern dance, Zoe will charm the town’s audience.

Compere is Dr Alan Turtle, retired Richhill GP and much sought-after in various concerts throughout Northern Ireland. He is also chairman of the village’s improvement committee, and chairman of Portadown Male Voice Choir where he sings bass.

Tickets are £8 and can be had from J.R. McMahon Gents Outfitters, High Street, Portadown. Or patrons can pay at the door on the night.