A NEW Elderly Choir in Renfrewshire has been launched with the aim of raising spirits through music and song.
Passionate singers of all skill levels are invited to take part in Paisley Senior Singers, which has been put together by talented bandleader Ian McCallum.
The 75-year-old has been a music lover from a young age, having started as a boy choirboy at Paisley Abbey before training as an organist and later becoming choirmaster at Kilbarchan East Church.
In 1982, Ian formed the madrigal group The Kilbarchan Singers, which performed at venues across Scotland and Europe, including Notre-Dame, Paris.
And although he retired as the band’s musical director in 2006, the bandleader is now keen to put his creative talents to good use again with his latest project.
Ian told The Gazette: “I volunteered to fill my time, but I always wanted to start another choir.
“I felt there was a need and a desire to have a community choir for seniors.
“My choir training allows me to welcome people with different abilities, whether they can read music or not.”
The first session was held at the Wynd Center in Paisley last month and meetings are currently taking place there every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ian said: “We have a few people participating now and trying to spread our wings to attract new members.
“Right now, we’re doing simple, well-known songs across the spectrum, from sacred choral music to ABBA.
“Having a good mix of music suits not only the people who sing it, but also all the audiences we will be performing in front of.
“And, as the group expands, I will also expand the repertoire.”
The choir’s first concert is due to take place at an open day for the elderly at the Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley on Friday October 28.
Ian added: “We will also be aiming to start raising money for charity as I am a volunteer with Cancer Research UK myself.
“I would tell anyone who wants to join the choir to come sing with us.
“It’s a good social experience and the members we already have are so excited about it.”
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