About Strathendrick Singers
2017 is the 40th anniversary of Strathendrick Singers, and the 10th anniversary of our association with Music Director, Mark Evans. The choir was established in 1977 when a small group of friends found themselves singing together, and decided to form a choir. Rosalind MacGowan became our first Music Director, with Helen Barclay as Accompanist. Mark succeeded Rosalind as Music Director in 2007.
We are a 50-strong amateur choir, drawing our singers from the communities of West Stirlingshire. The chief reason for the choir’s existence is that we derive so much pleasure from singing. We love getting to know and understand great musical works and performing them for people to hear and enjoy. Known mainly for our classical repertoire, Strathendrick Singers has performed major works by Mozart, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Fauré. Contemporary works tackled with critical success include the Scottish Premiere of Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass; Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna; and Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. We have also commissioned and performed a work by the world-renowned composer Sally Beamish, who lives locally.
Our ever-popular Christmas Carol Concerts, held at various local venues, attract large audiences and give us a chance to sing a wide variety of seasonal pieces from home and abroad.
Where are we?
Strathendrick is the valley of the River Endrick which rises in the Gargunnock Hills, skirts Fintry, flows between Balfron and Killearn and close to Drymen, to enter Loch Lomond near Balmaha.
The choir has members from Killearn, Balfron, Drymen, Balmaha, Croftamie, Gartocharn, Strathblane, Gartmore, Aberfoyle, Kippen, and further afield from Dunblane, Bearsden and Milngavie.
We rehearse on Monday evenings at 7:30pm in Balfron Church, between September and April. Our Christmas and Spring concerts are mainly in Killearn Kirk, but we’ve also sung in Kippen, Drymen, Strathblane, and Glasgow Cathedral.