The Forres Chorale will perform at St John’s Church on Saturday March 19

Brian Smith is looking forward to the concert at St John’s Church. Photo: Daniel Forsyth.

A LOCAL church hosts the inaugural classical concert of a new band.

The Forres Chorale – founded in January 2020 – had to postpone the original May 2020 date but are looking forward to demonstrating what they have since learned at St John’s Episcopal Church at 7.30pm on Saturday 19th March.

Music director Brian Smith has confirmed The Chorale helped fill the void when The Culbin Singers disbanded in 2019, and 25 members have been rehearsing weekly since November.

He said, “We’re based in St. John’s. We rehearse Thursdays from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. I hope people will support us as we try to rebuild after the pandemic restrictions.

The choir performed at Inverness Cathedral in March 2020. The concert featured young musicians from Kuala Lumpur, the Highlands and Moray.

Brian said: “One of our priorities is to provide performance opportunities for more young local musicians. Samuel Neason, a young cellist from Elgin, will perform at our Forres concert.

The program will include Rheinberger’s rarely heard “Stabat Mater”, Howard Goodall’s 23rd Psalm (the theme music from “The Vicar of Dibley”) and operatic choruses from Mozart and Handel. Samuel Neason will also perform music by Telemann as well as a selection of spirituals.

Free tickets are required by emailing [email protected]

Martha J. Finley