Sunday 28th May 2017

Iain McDonald and the Chordettes in concert

7.30pm – 9.30pm The Strand Centre, Dawlish.

An evening of popular songs from the West End and Broadway Shows. This is a fundraising event for our 2017 Charity “Richards Wish”. Payment by donation please during the evening.

The Chordettes

The Chordettes were formed in 1974 and are one of the founder clubs in the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS). In 2011 they became the International Bronze medallists at the International Barbershop Convention which was held in Galway, Ireland.

Today the group consists of a fun group of ladies of all ages, from 16 upwards who get together for the enjoyment of singing well known songs in a capella four part harmony.

Iain McDonald (baritone) studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music in the 1970s with the tenor Duncan Robertson. For a number of years he sang in a vocal quartet in London. Since then, he has given numerous recitals and concerts as a soloist as well as singing in the Exeter-based ensemble Quorum. He also organises an annual winter season of chamber concerts at Seaton Town Hall in East Devon.

Iain moved to Dawlish when he retired as minister of Southernhay United Reformed Church in Exeter in 2014 and is enjoying having more time for music making.

Margaret Chave, a piano and singing teacher, will be accompanying Iain on the piano. Apart from private practice she has taught in many schools over the years, most recently Tiverton High School and Queen Elizabeth’s in Crediton. Margaret has also taught at Clifton High School in Bristol and at the University of Plymouth. She enjoys accompanying for solo recitals as well as operatic and choral societies, festivals, master classes and examinations: and has been rehearsal pianist for Crediton Opera and Dramatic Society for many years. She recently retired as the pianist for the Exeter Police and Community Choir.