Published: 03/03/2016 10:49 - Updated: 03/03/2016 14:08

Last chance appeal to save Inverness Singers

Inverness Singers are urgently looking for a replacement for last musical director Margaret Laing.
Inverness Singers are urgently looking for a replacement for last musical director Margaret Laing.

A NORTH choral society is making one final last ditch effort to find a new musical director or face calling it a day after more than 45 years.

It is now a year the Inverness Singers last musical director/conductor Margaret Laing stepped down from the role after three years in the post – despite initially agreeing to take on the role for just one.

Now the Singers have given themselves until Wednesday March 16 to find a replacement before deciding on the future of the group.

"Despite approaches having been made to numerous local musicians, we have been unsuccessful in finding anyone prepared to take on the job," Inverness Singers secretary Kenneth Young said.

"As time is fast running out it looks very probable that The Singers, which was founded in 1972, will be would up."

Although the group has no problem recruiting singers with some 35, mainly female, current members, the lack of a musical director led the group to call off all performances for the 2015-16 session following a special general meeting in September.

Young revealed the group had been considering possibly renaming the group in order to make it potentially more attractive to a musical director who might want to put their own stamp on the choir and its music.

"Probably the ideal thing would be to get someone recently arrived in Inverness and looking for something to do. One of the active retired perhaps," Young said.

Inverness Singers traditionally give two main concerts a year, a Christmas carol concert in Crown Church in early December, and a spring concert where the programme can range from light classical to folk and pop songs as well as showtunes.

There is no regular payment for the musical director, but he or she will be entitled to an honorarium and will also have use of Inverness Singers’ extensive music library.

Anyone interested should contact Kenneth R. Young, 20 Broadstone Park, Inverness, IV2 34LA, email kenmag20@btinternet.com or telephone 01463 232835.

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