THE Glasgow Phoenix Choir made a welcome return to Stornoway after a three-year absence where they performed two well received performances which both entertained and boosted the coffers of two local charities at the same time.
Since their last trip to Lewis the Phoenix, who are also celebrating their Diamond Jubilee, have performed the length and breadth of the UK, on mainland Europe and also in America, producing a whopping 30 plus albums and library of over 1,000 titles in that same time frame.
During their trip to Lewis the choir performed a concert in An Lanntair before then singing at a praise concert in Martin’s Memorial, Stornoway, the following afternoon as well as taking part in a praise service that same evening.
Martin’s Memorial were delighted to welcome the choir back. As part of the day at Martin’s, lunch was provided for the members and friends of the choir. Some 70 of them gathered on Sunday lunchtime and they were fed by a small army of some 40 volunteers who had been organised by Dolly ‘ND’ Macleod and Dougie Wolf.
The team from Martin’s prepared and then served a soup and sandwich lunch before rounding things off with tea, coffee, and masses on home baking. The choir were overwhelmed with the welcome they received and presented the church two beautiful pieces of glassware to commemorate their Diamond Jubilee.
Martin’s Memorial recorded the singing from both the praise concert and praise service and are in the process of producing a CD which will be available to buy. For more information go to www.martinsmemorial.org.uk and follow the link.
The choir had intimated to the leadership at Martin’s that they were keen to have a collection at both the praise concert and praise service and that all monies raised be given to local charity. It was then decided to share the cash raised between Bethesda Hospice and the Hebrides Alpha Project.
Pictured receiving the cheques are Dougie Wolfe, Shona Macleod, manager for Hebrides Alpha supporting accommodation, DR MacDonald and Dolly ‘ND’ Macleod.