On Friday, 15th November, Al Ain Choral Society will be contributing to the ‘Choral Evening‘, singing works by Morley, Purcell, Dvorak, Haydn, Mozart and Faure, as well as arrangements of two traditional folk songs. The venue is Al Qattara Arts Center, Al Ain.
The current musical director is Stephen Aston, who has been involved with the choir for many years, either as accompanist or director. Stephen is a talented pianist who has played in many concerts in Al Ain and elsewhere both as a solo artist and as accompanist to voice or other instruments. Stephen works at HCT but devotes most of his leisure time to music.
The accompanist is Gulmira Abdukhalikova, a more recent arrival in Al Ain who sought out the choir as soon as she heard of it. Originally from Kazakhstan, Gulmira received her musical education at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Since then, she has had an illustrious career both as concert pianist and music teacher.
Some members have sung in choirs for many years, whereas for others the Al Ain choir is their first experience of singing in a group. The Al Ain Choral Society is already preparing for this year’s Christmas event, and also plans to join a large group of singers for a performance of the final movement of Beethoven’s Choral Symphony in March.
The Society was first formed about 20 years ago and is still going strong. New members are always welcome – anyone interested in learning more about the choir should call Geraldine Kershaw on 050 5639719, or just come along to a rehearsal. Weekly rehearsals are from 7.30 – 9pm on Sundays in the hall at Al Ain English Speaking School.