February welcomed the Fife Festival of Music which was held in the Adam Smith Theatre Kirkcaldy. We were given a great review from the adjudicator, Mr. Steven Cowan following our 15-minute spot. This consisted of four songs showcasing some of our repertoire.
Over the year we’ve sadly lost a few of our longer serving members but have also welcomed several new faces. Also, we have twelve choir members who have given over thirty years commitment to the choir which is indeed a remarkable achievement.
This year is a special year for the East Fife Male Voice Choir. Our 60th annual concert will coincide with the 100-year anniversary of WW1. Dates for the annual concert are 20 and 21 April at the Old Kirk Centre, Kirkcaldy. The choir originated in Buckhaven which also boasts a WW1 hero Robert Dunsire born in 1891. He was awarded the prestigious Victoria Cross for bravery in action during the war in France. With this in mind, part of our concert will be dedicated to the heroic actions of this brave soldier and we will be singing songs from this era together with a song that was written in memory of Robert.
Accompanying our tribute, we will have the honour of John Wallace a highly acclaimed virtuoso trumpet player who has an extraordinary list of musical talent. He was to become the first, and still the only Scot, to hold the position of Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He was also born locally in Methilhill, Fife and one of his many achievements was to accompany Kiri Tekanowa live to a TV audience of 750,000,000 people at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. We will indeed feel immensely privileged to have Mr Wallace join us on this memorable occasion.
This October we are planning a trip to Llandudno in Wales to do a couple of concerts, one jointly with Colwyn Male Voice Choir. These trips are always popular with both choir members and their wives in particular the impromptu sing songs arising at the hotel after the concerts!.