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A History of Dundee Choral Union

The following has been added to augment the history compiled by Mr Geoffrey Creamer in 1989, as well as to cover the period since 1989.

During the early years, as the active membership and audiences grew rapidly, the Choral raised sums sufficient to make sizeable donations to charity. Dundee Royal Infirmary was a major beneficiary, but contributions were made to other local funds and national appeals such as that for the relief of distress following the collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank in 1878 and war funds including a 'Dundee Amateur Choral Union Bed' in the Base Hospital Cape Town!

There was a mini-tour to Stirling, Perth and Edinburgh in the 1970s, and the Choral participated in two charity concerts in the style of 'Friday Night is Music Night' in the 1980s.

The Choral was delighted to be invited to join the RSNO Chorus for a performance of Orff's 'Carmina Burana' conducted by Christopher Bell. This was given in both the Caird Hall, Dundee and the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, for the Scottish Power Proms.

In 1991, the Choral's gift to the City of Dundee's 800th Celebrations was a performance of Verdi's 'Requiem'. This was also the chosen work for the Millennium Concert sponsored by The Dunfermline Building Society and was again the choice for the 150th Anniversary Concert.

In June 1995, the Choral organised a 'Voices of Discovery' competition open to singers of all voice parts approaching the end of their professional training. The winners received a cash prize and the opportunity to sing the solo parts in the Christmas performance of the 'Messiah' that year. The following year, a large number of the choir performed in Orleans Cathedral during the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Dundee's Twinning arrangement.

In 2003, at a concert in aid of Ninewells Cancer Campaign, the Choral joined with the Dundee branch of NYCoS in the Scottish premiere of Kashif's 'Queen' Symphony, under the baton of David Grant.

In 2005, the Choral participated in the Rotary Centenary Concert conducted by Iain Sutherland with Nicola Benedetti as violin soloist.

The Choral Union has participated in many local 'Songs of Prais'e broadcasts on BBC TV, including the late Queen Mother's 100th birthday celebration from Glamis Castle and later the live broadcast from Glamis Church on the day following her death. The Choral has also appeared on ITV's 'Highway Programme' with the late Harry Secombe, filmed standing on the steps of the McManus Gallery in Dundee.

Such are examples of Dundee Choral Union's links with the wider commnity.

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