Saturday, 12 July 2014
Visit of note as South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie welcomes American school choir
Provost Helen Moonie recently welcomed to South Ayrshire a community children’s choir for talented and gifted singers aged 10-14 from Newnan, Georgia USA.
[Pictured: Provost Moonie welcomes delegates from the Centre Masterworks Chorale, with Leader of the Council Councillor Bill McIntosh and South Ayrshire Council’s Chief Executive, Eileen Howat.]
The Centre Masterworks Youth Chorale was in Ayrshire as guests of the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra, to play a number of concerts and develop cultural and musical links between Georgia and the local area.
The chorale party was headed by Mayor Keith Brady and his wife Katie, who exchanged gifts with Provost Moonie. Also in the American delegation were Newnan council members Rhodes Schell, mayor Pro-Tem Cynthia Jenkins and members of the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission, led by Bette Hickman.
Provost Moonie said: “I had heard so much about the brilliant vocal talent of The Centre Masterworks Youth Chorale and had waited with much anticipation to meet and hear them sing.
[Pictured: Provost Moonie receives a painting, showing a scene from Newnan, Georgia, USA, from Mayor Keith Brady.]
“An undertaking such as this is no mean feat and I want to thank Mayor Brady and Wallace Galbraith of the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra – and the teams behind them – for working so hard to make this visit happen and for bringing these talented young people to South Ayrshire.
“It took real determination, organising and planning to put the tour together and I’d like to congratulate everyone in playing their part in setting the itinerary for this visit and I hope it marks the start of a regular musical and cultural exchange between us all.”
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