From church services to the Fringe for Gordon choir

Gordon Funky Socks Choir preparing for the Edinburgh Fringe
Gordon Funky Socks Choir preparing for the Edinburgh Fringe

Members of a Gordon choir would never have thought signing up for a Christmas show would lead to a trip to the Fringe but that’s exactly what’s happened.

The Gordon Funky Socks Choir, have been taking every practice performance opportunity in preparation for their debut appearance at the world renowned Edinburgh festival at St Brides’ Acoustic Music Centre on Saturday.

The choir was formed by noted Scottish singer-songwriter Mark Barnett, himself something of a dab hand at all things Fringe, and no stranger to Gordon church where he can be often found playing at services.

In the past villagers often united for a spot of outdoor Christmas carolling but after growing tired of frostbite decided to organise an indoor show. last year.

And from there the choir was born except that an impromptu church performance has now led to a spot at the biggest event of its kind.

Choir member Lesley Capstick admitted when the suggestion was first put to them a few singers were a bit dubious but now everyone was excited for their moment in the spotlight.

“It will be absolutely amazing to say we’ve performed at the Fringe,” she enthused.

“It’s quite staggering though to go from our small village to being on a stage in Edinburgh!

“Aside from Mark none of us are professional singers but we’ve come a long way.”

The choir spans the generations, boasting members from the ages of 11 to 80 and Lesley said both the youngest and oldest members offer some important attributes.

“Our oldest member, Shona Waldie is in her 80s and she is a real figure head for the choir.

“She knows exactly how to harmonize and she often puts us right.

“And then we have three young girls with absolutely fantastic voices and their own ideas on what arrangements we should do.

“For instance they have taken a traditional hymn and put a Rihanna slant on it!

“We weren’t sure it was going to work but it really does.

“The young members of the choir are the most excied I’d say. Not many people their age can say they’ve sung at the Fringe.

The Funky Socks Choir’s performance starts at 4pm at the Centre on Orwell Terrace. Tickets from 0131 226 0000.