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Glasgow Phoenix Choir

Dec 4th 2016 @ Freemasons' Hall

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
I Was There
Sunday, December 4th, 2016
2:00 PM
Freemasons' Hall
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
THE GLASGOW PHOENIX CHOIR is delighted to return for its annual Christmas concert in the Freemasons' Hall, Edinburgh. The Glasgow Phoenix Choir, this year, celebrates 116 years of choral excellence 66 years as the Glasgow Phoenix Choir and 50 years as the Glasgow Orpheus Choir. The choir flourishes under the guidance of our conductor Marilyn J Smith MBE and Cameron Murdoch, accompanist and depute conductor. The choir performs over 20 concerts per year, taking its special blend of choral music on tour, both in the UK and in Europe and raising money for a wide range of charities. The choir's reputation continues to grow as it performs traditional choral pieces from sacred to modern.

Earlier in 2016, we helped celebrate the centenary of Erskine. Founded in 1916 as the Princess Louise Scottish Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers to help treat the many hundreds of amputees returning from the First World War. Since then veterans' charity Erskine has cared for over 85,000 ex-service personnel and more recently their spouses. Erskine provides unrivalled nursing, respite, palliative and dementia care within four care homes; two in Bishopton, one in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh. On the Erskine Estate in Bishopton, there are also 44 cottages that house younger veterans and their families. Our hosts for this Christmas concert are making a generous donation to Erskine to add to the significant sum raised by our Glasgow Royal Concert Hall concert in April 2016. The ticket price for this event includes a glass of wine at the interval.

RECORDINGS Glasgow Phoenix Choir recordings receive regular play on local and national radio stations. Our latest recording is a special postcard CD of Scottish songs, recorded in St Andrew's RC Metropolitan Cathedral, Glasgow. All proceeds from this CD will benefit the St Andrew's Hospice, Lanarkshire, which this year celebrates 30 years of service to the community and which is currently in need of refurbishment and restoration, to support patients and their families.

Sponsorship by CO-OP FUNERALCARE allows the Choir to take on more fund-raising concerts for many worthy causes such as this and to travel further afield. Our most recent tour allowed us to take part in concerts to raise funds for local charities in Strathpeffer, Elgin and on the Isle of Skye and our latest CD was also made possible because of our sponsorship. The choir has itself raised over £1.5M for many charities in the 66 years of its existence which resulted in the award of the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International.