Montgo Chorale bid farewell to Gordon Lawson

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THE SANTA Cruz Church in Pedreguer will play host to a very special concert of the Montgo Chorale on Sunday May 28, commemorating Gordon Lawson’s final performance directing the choir after nine years.

Having had a property in Spain since 1973, Gordon Lawson decided in 2002 that the prospect of moving permanently to Spain held an attraction that was irresistible.

Once here, Gordon looked for an opportunity to become involved in music. He soon became Organist in L’Erimtia del Popul, the Director of the English choir, then the first Director of Coral Classica Javiense.

He followed Miguel Cunha as director of the German Choir and in 2007, on leaving the Javea choir, he founded the Montgo Chorale.

The Montgo Chorale has flourished under Gordon’s directorship, along with a very organised and supportive steering group and is now a highly-respected musical body in the area which has given some very exciting performances of well-known choral works during it nine years’ existence.

It has also raised a considerable amount of money over the years for local charities.

Gordon finds it quite interesting and hard to believe, that as a pensioner leaving the UK, where the opportunities to continue music-making were minimal, in Spain, a completely new world opened up and he cannot be thankful enough that, for a further 15 years, music in all its aspects has been ‘modus vivendi’ along with the immeasurable pleasure of associating with fine musicians from Spain and other parts of the world.

In handing over the Montgo Chorale baton in May of this year, after the first performance of his recently-revised Requiem Mass, one chapter closes while another opens. Gordon’s dream is to devote time to have some of his recently-composed chamber music performed. Here, he hopes to work with some very talented young Spanish instrumentalists.

Tickets for the concert cost €12 each and are available from Humpty Dumpty, Javea, Hostal Loreto, Denia or on the door. If you would like to reserve a ticket please contact Jan Dewland – 965 770 973 / dewlandjan@hotmail.com.

Jan will be taking on the directorship of Montgo Chorale and she looks forward to seeing supporters of the choir in December for their usual ‘Carol Concert’.

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