Andante hoping to strike Goldie

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Saturday is the big day for Eccles-based andante chamber choir when they lend their vocals to a new piece by musical maestro Goldie.

The collective , formed in 2007, have been busy rehearsing the composition for a number of months now but the moment of truth comes in two days time when they will perform the piece in Glasgow Cathedral in front of an audience that will include the man himself.

To anyone who’s not overly familiar with Goldie’s work and perhaps only knows him from being on ‘Eastenders’, ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ or ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, the collaboration may seem a very strange one but anyone who saw BBC 2 programme ‘Maestro’ a few years ago will know he has a great flair for classical music.

Goldie finished second to Sue Perkins, presenter of ‘The Great British Bake Off’, in the televised conducting competition, and he has indulged his passion further ever since.

Goldie became a big name in music in the mid 1990s thanks to songs like ‘Inner City Life’ but they are a million miles away from the piece he’s created for andante.

The work was commissioned for the final part of 12th century Hawick Missals ‘’Fragments Project’ which has already seen various choirs give performances in various Borders locations.

One of these choirs was Lauderdale Community Choir and seven of its members have joined the andante ranks for Saturday’s concert.

Andante also counts singers from Kelso, Jedburgh and Selkirk amongst its number, meaning the Glasgow Cathedral event has a strong Borders connection.

“I reached out to Lauderdale as they premiered a Michael Nyman piece in Kelso for the Fragments Project to great acclaim,” andante’s director John Stone told ‘WOW’.

“Having them on board takes our number up to 38 for the performance and makes for a bigger sound.

“Goldie has composed his piece as plain song which was one of the earliest forms of written music.

“If you imagine monks chanting that’s the sound of it. It is a very atmospheric style of performance and when it’s done right it’s spine tingling.”

John is full of admiration for Goldie and is really looking forward to meeting him but admitted that he was also feeling a bit of pressure.

“He has come up with an absolutely fantastic piece of music,” John enthused.

“It’s like an explosion of sound as it builds up but then ends very calmly.

“It’s always nerve-racking for a conductor to meet the composer of the work as you want to do them justice but at the same time I’m very excited to meet him.

“We are also performing a piece by Fragments competition winner Sean Doherty so no pressure!

“The performance should be a great prelude to our new season.”

There’ll be no time for rest in the andante camp as rehearsals for their new season begin on Tuesday, September 2 in Eccles Village Hall

Tickets for the Glasgow Cathedral performance are priced £15 adults, £13 concessions, £10 child.