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CLACKMANNANSHIRE CHORAL SOCIETY
Clackmannan Parish Church kick started its 2017 Bicentenary celebrations on Saturday 21st January with a concert presented by the Clackmannanshire Choral Society. An appreciative audience were entertained by a varied programme of classical and choral music which also included some topical Scottish pieces by Robert Burns. The choir were ably conducted by Sandy Sinclair and the accompanist was Mike Nolan who also presented a solo organ recital. The evening was organised by Meg Carroll, Church organist and choir leader who also opened the evening by introducing the choralists. The wholly enjoyable evening was closed by Rev. Ray Gaston, locum minister who paid great tribute to the choir's entertainment and praised the organisation of the event and volunteers who assisted in making the evening a great success.
A SPRING SING
REV JOHN L. BELL
COME ALL YE PEOPLE ...
And you did! About 180 folks filled the church on Sunday 19th March when we were thrilled to welcome the renowned Rev John L Bell to lead us in a fabulous evening of hymn singing.
Folks travelled from Dumbarton, Auchterarder, Gargunnock, Falkirk, Linlithgow and of course from the Hillfoots to hear John explain how CH4 came about and how material was gathered from a wide range of countries. One of the hymn contributors was in the audience – Mr Ian Fraser – who will celebrate his 100th birthday this year!
John’s historical knowledge of the music of the church was delivered in his inimitable and humorous style, and his ability to get everyone singing came over in an easy relaxed manner.
Most of the hymns we sang were from CH4, well-
The cakes provided by the “baking team” were amazing – and abundant! A huge thank you to all who baked, served the teas, moved furniture, collected kettles and urns, welcomed folk, thanked folk, set up beforehand and cleared up afterwards – without you this wouldn’t have been so successful.
At the end of the evening a beautiful tortoiseshell butterfly landed on one of the cakes. I love butterflies and my cottage is called Dealan De – Gaelic for butterfly. The literal translation of Dealan De is “a light from God”.
What more can I say? Meg Carroll
Music in May
Held on 27th May 2017
The principal artists were Robin Bell and Stephen Morrison. Robin is currently organist at Stenhouse and Carron Parish Church and accompanist to the East Fife Male Voice Choir. Stephen is a specialist “Classical Guitarist”.
As usual the programme was varied and excellent with a wide selection of music from Lynne Hope and the Hillfoots Recorder Ensemble with Antony Baldwin, the Clackmannanshire Brass Band and of course the Clackmannan Parish Church Choir.
Big Summer Sing
Held on 18th June 2017
The evenings concert was Led by Stuart Muir and Carol White. Stuart is the pastoral musician from St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, Dundee and Carol is from the Wild Goose Resource Group.
A wonderful evening was held and the audience enjoyed participating in the evenings singing.
Stirling, Perth and Glenrothes Rock Choir
Held on 27th October 2017
Stirling Male Choir
Held on 17th November 2017
Solo presented by Rev Ray Gaston accompanied by Mike Nolan, Choir Master On the keyboard.
Forty strong male voice choir under the direction of Choir Master Mike Nolan.
Heart and Soul Band of the Church of Scotland
Held on 1st December 2017
The Heart and Soul Band of the Church of Scotland are a dedicated group who raise money in support of the World Aids Programme and since they came together just over two years ago have almost raised £30,000. Good going and keep up the effort for a worthwhile cause.
Bicentennial Rededication Service
Held on 27th August 2017
A celebration of the original dedication of the present church building which took place on 24th August 1817.
In attendance were the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning; Rev Lynne Mack, Moderator, Stirling Presbytery; Rev Alex Millar, Interim Moderator; Rev Ray Gaston, Locum Minister; Jim Millar Session Clark and attending elders and members of the Church session. Opposite we see Mr Robert Fleming receiving a 50 year service award as a elder from Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning.
The Finale of the Year
Festival of Christmas
Held on 7th, 8th and 9th December 2017
The Theme for this year was
Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter
Held on 24th to 26th June 2017