Hitting right note

Lanarkshire based singing ensemble Octave are holding theirannual charity concert at the GLO Centre, Motherwell.
Lanarkshire based singing ensemble Octave are holding theirannual charity concert at the GLO Centre, Motherwell.
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Lanarkshire singing ensemble Octave are hitting the right note as they prepare for their annual charity concerts in Motherwell next month.

Following the succes of their three previous concerts, the highly regarded ensemble will take to the stage at the GLO Auditorium on Thursday, September 11, to Saturday, September 13.

The group are preparing a brand new programme of music for the concerts, entitled ‘Octave GLO 4th’, and hope to have something to suit all tastes by including Broadway musicals, classical and popular music.

The group was formed by renowned musical director David Fisher, from Bellshill, in 2011 and have performed at various charity and fundraising events.

David, who now lives in Strathaven, was head boy at Bellshill Academy and actively involved at MacDonald Memorial Church, as a member of the Boys’ Brigade and later as church organist for a number of years.

The members of the group are Esther O’Hara, Raymond Tulips and John McKenzie (all from Motherwell), Julie Thomson, Carol Whitelaw and Kirsty Ross (all Hamilton), Jonathan Procter (Carluke) and Janis Cunningham (Wishaw).

Last year Octave were awarded ‘Best in Class’ in the Mixed Voice Choir section of the Glasgow Music Festival.

The group are entirely voluntary, and after the deduction of running costs, surplus funds are given to charity.

In each of the past three years they have donated £1,000 to the British Heart Foundation, Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre (based at Wishaw General Hospital) and Diabetes UK Scotland. This year’s nominated charity is The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice based in Glasgow.

The show begins at 7.30pm and tickets, priced £11, are available from Shona Fisher on 01357 523149, or by e-mail