Kirky choir raises vital funds for good causes

Kirkintilloch Male Voice Choir
Kirkintilloch Male Voice Choir

Kirkintilloch Male Voice Choir raised the roof - to help collect £30,000 for good causes over the past year.

The talented 50-strong choir drew in the remarkable amount entertaining audiences from Kirkintilloch to Newcastle, with fellow songsters.

Choir president Alex Hunter said: “As a charitable organisation we love to use our voices to raise money for so many different charities and good causes both locally and nationally.”

Events throughout the year included the choir’s 92nd annual concert in St Mary’s Parish Church in aid of the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.

In November, the choir performed in aid of Yorkhill Children’s Charity, also at St Mary’s Parish Church in the town.

The evening included the fifth Primary School Choral Festival, with seven schools competing for the Blincow Shield.

Lenzie Primary School came out winners in a very close contest against choirs from Lenzie Moss, Lairdsland, Holy Family, Millersneuk, Craighead and Oxgang.

Mr Hunter said: “The schools should all be congratulated for their standard of performance and the evening raised £2,500 for Yorkhill.”

The choir also held concerts at Glasgow City Chambers and Glasgow City Halls and performed with Kirkintilloch Band at the Yorkhill Children’s Charity Christmas Concert.

Members also travelled to Cullercoats in Newcastle to sing with the Newcastle Male Chorus in aid of Christian Aid, as well as in North Berwick where Rotary club charities benefited from their performance.

Nearer to home, they entertained the crowds at the Canal Festival during the summer and the public showed their appreciation for their talented singing with donations to their charity fund.

Also in November, the choir took part in the Thomas Muir Festival raising money for the proposed Thomas Muir Memorial stained glass window at Cadder Parish Church in Bishopbriggs.

Now, fresh from their Christmas break members are preparing for their 93rd Annual Concert at St Mary’s on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

The choir’s Musical Director Sally McLellan said “We love to sing and the choir like nothing better than to sing for our ‘ain folk ‘.

“We are already working towards ensuring this year’s concert is again a very special evening for both the choir and our audience.”

For more information about the choir, visit or contact the secretary on 0141 776.6058.