SSAFA held its third ‘Come & Sing’ event at the end of November
4 December 2015

Singing out for SSAFA

‘Camerata SSAFA’ singers take to the stage and raise the roof with a rousing performance of Handel’s Messiah


This November, the SSAFA Glasgow presented its third ‘Come and Sing’ event to a small but hugely appreciative crowd. Over 50 singers answered the call, and spent the day rehearsing Handel’s Messiah before the big performance in the evening. The sing-a-long was directed by Peter Rutterford, a former Royal Marines Director of Music - now well established as director of several choral societies and Chairman of Perth Festival of the Arts.

When they arrived in the morning, Ken Paterson took the singers through a ‘note-bashing’ session, followed by a full rehearsal in the afternoon conducted by Peter with all the soloists and full orchestra. The soloists included Soprano, Jessica Leary, and tenor, Adam Magee, who had both sung for us at previous ‘Come & Sing’ events.  Marion Ramsay (alto) and Roland Wood (baritone) joined us for the first time, while Adam and Roland came fresh from singing in Scottish Opera’s production of Carmen.

For the past three years Ken Paterson has brought together a small orchestra of semi-professional musicians, this time under the leadership of Catriona McGilvray.  Once again, they adopted the title of ‘Camerata SSAFA’ for the occasion.  As well as being entertained by a rousing performance of the well-known work, the crowd learned a little of SSAFA’s work in the round and, more specifically, in the city of Glasgow.