ACE Chorus Entertains 2016

Read the NODA review of our 2016 concert by Mike Pendlowski.


ACE Chorus Entertains 2015

Read the NODA review of our 2015 concert by Alison Pendlowski.


ACE Chorus Entertains 2014

Read the NODA review of our 2015 concert by Mike Pendlowski.


Something to Sing About

On 8 November 2014, the Herald Scotland ran an article on ACE Chorus entitled Something to Sing About. You can read the full article on the Herald Scotland website.


Report of the concert ACE Chorus Entertains in The Clyde Auditorium on 16 November 2013

by NODA Scotland representative,  Mike Pendlowski

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What a pleasure it was to sit back and relax while being entertained by a choir - nearly one hundred and fifty strong - ably supported by the ACE Orchestra, all in the capable hands of Musical Director, Richard Johnston. The evening had a rousing opening with Hooray to Hollywood followed by Strike up the Band both from films of the same name. The programme continued with solos and choral numbers from a host  of musicals, such as Chess, Evita, Les Miserables, Sunset Boulevard and Saturday Night Fever, and films such as The Way we Were and Skyfall.

 

Soloists, like the chorus, were strong and confident throughout and if anyone at the rear of the circle was concerned that they would not see their best friend too well, while they stepped forward from the choir to take their solo spot in the vastness of the Armadillo - this was taken care of too. A tight video shot of soloists as they performed was relayed to a large screen behind the performers, giving everyone a fine close-up of all the excellent soloists and ensembles throughout the evening.

 

The soloists were too great in number to mention individually, however,not to echo the audience approval for one particular number would be unforgiveable. Ian Brown's rendition of If Ever I Would Leave you from Camelot was, for me, one of the highlights of the show - and I feel the audience agreed too!

 

In Part ll of the concert, we were treated to an orchestral extravaganza from The Magnificent Seven, and the evening was brought to a close with a stirring medley from Copacabana

 

Thank you Rona and Richard for providing a splendid evening's entertainment, and showing there is still a place for the massed static choir with orchestra as an alternative to fully staged and choreographed productions.


Report of the concert ACE Chorus Entertains in The Clyde Auditorium on 15 November 2008

by NODA Scotland representative, John Urquhart

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As always, this was a very enjoyable evening, well worth the journey to Glasgow. While the choir was as impressive as ever, and of course the ACE orchestra produced such a wonderful sound, the success of the evening was due in no small measure to the judicious choice of music. From The Deadwood Stage we journeyed through a variety of songs from the shows before reaching a Tom Jones Medley and a Walking Back to the Sixties Medley, which proved to be an excellent finale. Soloists were particularly strong, but the highlight was certainly the rich sound from the choir.

 

Guest artists for the evening were Les Sirenes Female Chamber Choir with conductor Andrew Nunn. They treated us to a thrilling selection of numbers, fully demonstrating their vocal ability. Soloists introducing the items worked well and kept things moving. The colour coding in costuming was particularly effective this year.


Report of the concert ACE Chorus Entertains in The Clyde Auditorium on 20 November 2004

by NODA Scotland representative, John Urquhart

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ACE returned to The Clyde Auditorium (The Armadillo) to stage this year's concert which was a selection of favourite numbers from the previous four years. It was an excellent programme, providing a good balance between chorus and solo numbers, and new and not so new musicals. It would be wrong to single out individual numbers for special praise when every number was performed so well. The chorus looked and sounded stunning! Great credit also to the members of the Artistic Concert Experiences orchestra who were integral to the success of the concert. MC for the evening was Neil Mudie, who provided excellent continuity. As well as giving tremendous enjoyment to chorus and audience alike, ACE raises a considerable amount of money for charity. Last year they presented a cheque for £6,100 to Breast Cancer Care Scotland - quite an achievement!


ACE Chorus

Branching Out, September 2004

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We are delighted to announce that Sense Scotland have been adopted by the ACE Chorus to benefit from their forthcoming concert along with Diabetes UK. Jim Ellis, our Corporate Fundraising Manager is enthusiastic about the event: "I've been to the last four concerts and the music was fantastic. They were truly joyous and uplifting evenings. So I do hope you can come along."

 

This will be their 5th concert. Each year the number of singers has grown and this year will see 150 performing alongside a 40-piece orchestra.

 

Rona McKenzie, Director of ACE said: "ACE has always been committed to supporting charity and those in our society who are less fortunate than ourselves. Last
year we raised over £6,000 for charity".


ACE Concerts Came up Trumps for Us

Gary Moug, Sunday Post, 2003

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Last October we revealed that Artistic Concert Experiences (ACE) had joined our campaign.

 

The group, which boasts 140 singers and a professional 40-piece orchestra, was arranging two concerts - one in Glasgow, one in Edinburgh - with all proceeds going to our campaign.

 

We're delighted to announce that both concerts were completely sold out and a cheque for £4,500 has found its way to the campaign coffers. ACE performed songs from famous West End musicals including Phantom Of The OperaSunset Boulevard and Miss Saigon.

 

Rona McKenzie, ACE's finance director, said this was the third year they've staged a charity concert. They chose CHAS because one of the choir members has a son who spent time in Yorkhill Hospital last year battling cancer, so they thought it would be nice to choose a children's charity.

 

Rona said, "In both venues, City Hall in Glasgow and The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, we performed to a capacity audience. The concerts were thoroughly enjoyed by performers and audiences alike and we received many letters and cards of congratulations."

 

"As a result of these concerts ACE has been invited to take part in a professional show, featuring some top West End stars, in the SECC in June. We'd just like to let all those who supported us know how much was raised and to say thank you to everyone."


Another Ace in the Pack!

Gary Moug, Sunday Post, 17 October 2002

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We're sure you'll agree the latest organisation to join our campaign is just ACE, writes Gary Moug.

 

Artistic Concert Experiences (ACE) was set up in 2000 with the plan of tapping into the interest in the big shows brought to the Edinburgh Playhouse by touring companies.

 

The group set about establishing a chorus to perform in concert venues accross Scotland.

 

The non-profit-making company now boasts 140 singers from all over the country and a professional 40-piece orchestra performing songs from West End shows including Phantom Of The Opera and Miss Saigon.

 

ACE are staging their third Musicals for All concerts this year, with performances in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and have promised to donate all profits to our [CHAS] appeal.

 

Rona McKenzie, ACE's finance director, said, "One of our Choir members has a son who spent a lot of time in Yorkhill Children's Hospital last year battling cancer, so we decided it would be nice to choose a children's charity.

 

"I stay in Kirkcaldy and have had the opportunity to visit Rachel House. I was very impressed and I know children's hospices provide a great support for ill children and their families.

 

"I don't want to put a figure on how much we hope to raise as it might bring bad luck, but we raised £3,500 for Scottish Prostate Cancer Support Group last year."