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Glasgow Phoenix Choir

 Glasgow Phoenix Choir

Mixed Choral Chorus from Scotland.

Founded in 1951 (though able to trace its history via the iconic Glasgow Orpheus Choir to 1901) it continues to perform new arrangements (and old) of Scottish song for which it is widely known throughout the British Isles, Europe, and North America. (We even have our own tartan, pictured left!) However, this is only part of the Choir's extensive repertoire which extends from oratorio, opera, chamber music, and sacred music from all the major composers through choral songs and folk music of many cultures to music from the shows including many of the top musicals currently showing all over the world. Whilst this is not a religious/church choir and neither is it an orchestral/theatrical chorus, it has elements of all of these and more in its catalogue, has recorded over 30 albums and boasts a library that currently has over 1000 titles of all genres.

Picture of Choir at Royal Albert HAllThe Glasgow Phoenix Choir has had many milestones throughout its history. In recent times these have included appearing in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of a 1,000 strong chorus from all over the UK in the first ever Choral Day performing Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana"; the UK premier of the concert version of "Chess" in the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow; and performing the centrepiece of the Glasgow International Jazz Festival, John Surman's "Ovation" in Glasgow Cathedral which was broadcast on BBC Radio 2.

A small group of the choir also accompanied Michael Crawford on his UK tour at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow and the Edinburgh Playhouse.

It isn't all serious though, and some of the choir have recently been involved in the filming of BBC Scotland's TV comedy "Still Game".

Other highlights have been concerts in the National Presbyterian Church and the Kennedy Centre, Washington DC and Durham Cathedral for St. John's Ambulance Brigade. The choir also provided the Chorus for a performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony to celebrate the 10th birthday of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and has also performed several concerts with orchestra for the Raymond Gubbay Organisation.

Picture of Hereford Police ChoirIn late 2007 the choir was approached by The Co-operative Funeralcare with a view to providing assistance. Their generous offer was gratefully accepted - running an organisation like this is an expensive business. This arrangement provides mutual benefit and supports the choir in its activities. The choir is also a member of the National Association of Choirs in UK.

Since 1960 the Choir has undertaken many tours to Europe, including Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium and to Canada and USA (four times), establishing links with choirs in these countries.

From Europe the Choir regularly exchanges visits with the Widukind Chor Enger, Bergischer Mannerchor, and the Podinghausen Gemischter Chor, Germany.

In the USA links have been made with the Mendelssohn Singers from Montana, the Orpheus Male Choir from Phoenix Arizona, the Vancouver USA Singers from Washington State, and the Benzie Community Chorus from Michigan. The choir has also appeared at the Missoula International Choral Festival, Montana.

In the UK, exchanges have been made with the Richardson Singers from Darlington, the Nelson Arion Male Voice Choir from Lancashire, the Hereford Police Male Voice Choir, the Mull Gaelic Choir, the Dingwall Gaelic Choir and the City of Glasgow Chorus.

The Choir also performs throughout the British Isles in prestigous venues which have included Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Royal Albert Hall London, National Concert Hall Dublin, Ulster Hall Belfast and many of Britain's wonderful Cathedrals.

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Glasgow Phoenix Choir : Caledonian Christmas : 00  1 CD :  : SCT 643

Glasgow Phoenix Choir : Caledonian Christmas

Review: The Glasgow Phoenix Choir was founded in 1951 and since then has been at the forefront of popular choral music in Scotland and Beyond. "Caledonian Christmas" is the choir's second recording on the Scotdisc label and follows on from the highly successful "Highland Cathedral". The content is a mixture of seasonal Music old and new, Scottish favorites and other items in a diverse collection of songs which should evoke romantic, and wistful thoughts of Scotland at Christmas wherever you are.

Songlist: Jingle Bells, The Very Best Time of Year, Twelve Days of Christmas, Christmas Song, Silent Night, Iona, Highland Cathedral, Caledonia, The Way Old Friends Do, Scotland, My Song, Medley: A Merry Little Christmas, Deck the Halls, Child in a Manger, Good King Wenceslas, Merry Christmas Jazz, The Little Drummer Boy, Farewell my Love, My Ain Folk , Auld Lang Syne

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4217c | 00 1 CD | $16.95 World Christmas


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