Raising their voices this summer

Ferryblend choir
Ferryblend choir

Queensferry’s very own community choir, Ferry Blend, is preparing to raise the roof with two concerts in June.

It’s been an exciting couple of years for the group since two choirs, the Ferry Singers and Dalmeny Blend, joined forces in early 2012 to create a new and stronger ensemble.

With the help of a grant from Awards for All Scotland, they were able to buy new uniforms and music and spread their wings, attending workshops at Celtic Connections and participating in the Fife Festival of Music.

Now numbering close to 50 members, experienced singers as well as newcomers to choral singing, they have sung across the local area with concerts in Kirkliston, Winchburgh, Bo’ness and Linlithgow as well as Queensferry for churches, pensioners’ groups and local events.

Musical director Sue McPhail said: ‘‘The choir is also reaping the benefits of a revival in group singing, helped by a not-so-quiet 
revolution that has seen new barbershop, military wives, community and rock choirs spring up nation-wide.

‘‘People who sing are happy, positive and more confident – just ask any of the Ferry Blenders.’’

The choir will stage two concerts on Friday, June 6, at Kirkliston Parish Church at 7pm and Sunday, June 8, at the Priory Church in Queensferry at 5pm.

The programme will embrace pop classics of Bob Dylan, Sting, Abba and The Beatles, contrasted with songs from the musicals, such as ‘Rhythm of Life’ and a selection from ‘My Fair Lady’.

The choir will warm the cockles of your heart with songs from local Scottish folk artists, and fire your blood with gospel hits including Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.

Tickets cost £5, available at the door, via the choir website ferryblendchoir.yolasite.com or email ferry.blend.sq@gmail.com