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'We're a friendly, mixed choir, about 65 strong. We rehearse and perform in and around Helensburgh & Lomond on the west coast of Scotland. We have stunning views across the 3-mile wide Firth of Clyde, and 8 miles the other way, over the Black Hill, are the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond ... Our entry requirement is that you can sing a scale and a line of music in tune. If you can read music that will he an advantage and if not you will learn how to do that through practise during rehearsal.'

 

‘To the delight of our audiences, drawn from local residents to regular visitors from over 50 miles away, we perform choral works of the highest standard with professional orchestras and soloists. In addition to our large-scale concerts, we also undertake a number of charity concerts in venues from Stirling to Haddington. If you are interested in the choir performing in your area, please feel free to contact us.’

‘An established amateur orchestra which plays a range of classical music from early to modern music ... Membership is open to anyone who plays at Grade V level or above - there is a waiting list for some sections of the orchestra. The orchestra meet once a week at the Victoria Halls in Helensburgh from August to Easter. Funding is from members' subscriptions, donations and grants from Making Music and various charitable trusts. Gift Aid is increasingly a major part of funding. Concerts are performed twice a year (December and March) in the Victoria Halls, Helensburgh and occasionally elsewhere ... We encourage young and/or local soloists to perform concertos with us; including past and present members of the orchestra and students at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and also perform with professional soloists.’

 

‘The Peninsula Choir was set up in September 2010. We have a membership of almost 50. Week to week around 35 of us get together to sing and learn our new repertoire for the two concerts we put on in a season ...  The majority of the members do not read music ... We never hold auditions. All welcome. This is a community choir.’ The Choir are based in Cove Burgh Hall, which was bought by the local community from Argyll & Bute Council in 2001, determined to ‘make it the vibrant, focal hub "soul" of the communities of Cove, Kilcreggan and the wider Rosneath Peninsula in terms of adding distinct value to the everyday social and cultural lives and wellbeing of local residents’.

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