McKellar Scholarship for Liam Bonthrone

Liam Bonthrone

Liam Bonthrone, a founder member of Perth’s Jambouree Singers has been awarded the McKellar Scholarship at Paisley Abbey. The award, worth £2000, was set up in memory of legendary Scottish tenor Kenneth McKellar and is aimed to support a male chorister at Paisley Abbey – the church with which the singer had a close association for many years.

Liam joined the Jambouree Singers in 2005 and has continued to sing with them all through his school days and whilst studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Abbey organist, George McPhee said: “The scholarship will be awarded in conjunction with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The scholar will be probably be a tenor, but not necessarily, and will fulfil all the engagements of the choir on a Sunday.”

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Gilbert and Sullivan Evening

Well done to the Jambouree Cabaret Singers and Friends who entertained a packed out St Leonard-in-the-Fileds Church, Perth, on Sunday 10th September 2017.

The evening was compared by Mr Allan Laing – who also adapted some of the lyrics to put a Fair City twist on the familiar G&S songs.

The second half saw the audience become the spectators in a Scottish courtroom for a performance of “Trial By Jury”, set in Perth. The judge, played by Kenneth Maciver, tried the case of the defendant in an action for breach of promise of marriage. The defendant was played by Liam Bonthrone and his jilted bride by Teenah Bee.

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Rehearsals for 2017-18

Message from Edna 😊

Hope you’re all enjoying the hols!

The next Rehearsal for the Gilbert and Sullivan Concert on 10 September is Sunday 6 August from 3pm in St Leonard’s Church Hall. There will be a photo shoot at the beginning of the rehearsal.

The first Jambouree Choir and Cabaret rehearsal of the new session will be on Thursday 24 August, and the Cabaret Singers will rehearse most likely in my house on that date with the Choir remaining in the Elim Pentecostal Church. REHEARSALS START FROM from 4.45 PROMPT.

Everyone should meet initially at the Elim Pentecostal Church.

Younger singers will start to rehearse for the Ceilidh to be held in late September. The date for that will be announced as soon as possible.

Rehearsal dates for 2017-18 are as follows. These dates will also appear on the Website too. Paper copies available on request.

Jambouree Choir and Cabaret Singers Rehearsals 2017 – 18

August 24, 31
September 7, 14, 21,28
October 5,26
November 2, 9,23,30
December 7, 14
January 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 22,
March 1, 8, 15, 22
April 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24,31
June 7, 14, 21

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Stars of the Opera

Some of the Tosca cast after their performance – elated! Some of the Tosca cast after their performance – elated! Photo courtesy of Richard Grant

Twelve young singers from the Jambouree Choir joined the cast of English National Touring Opera’s production of Puccini’s Tosca at the Perth Festival of the Arts this evening. The choir’s musical director, Edna Auld, described the experience as, “the opportunity of a lifetime for the children.”

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Press Release for ‘Trial By Jury’

A welcome revival of Gilbert and Sullivan is coming to Perth. The Jambouree Cabaret Singers, along with a Chorus of local singers, are about to start rehearsing for an evening of the famous duo’s music. This will take place on Sunday the 10th of September, at 7pm in St Leonard’s-in-the-Fields Church.

The first half will present excerpts from various Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, featuring choruses, solos, duets and quartets. In the second half the audience will become the spectators in a Scottish courtroom for a performance of “Trial By Jury”, set in Perth. The judge, played by Kenneth Maciver, will try the case of the defendant in an action for breach of promise of marriage. The defendant will be played by Liam Bonthrone and his jilted bride by Teenah Bee. The lyrics have been slightly updated to suit the Perth setting by Alan Laing, who will compere the evening’s entertainment.

Well-known Musical Director Edna Auld has always wanted to introduce Gilbert and Sullivan to her Cabaret Singers. As a student she was introduced to their music and performed lead roles in a number of operettas. “Now,” she says, “my young singers, aged from 15 to 26, are loving the excerpts they are rehearsing. The idea to include “Trial by Jury” came from one of the Cabaret Singers, Liam Bonthrone, who is currently studying at the Glasgow Conservatoire.” The performance in September will be accompanied on two pianos played by Edna herself and by Lorne Heriot-Maitland. The choruses will be conducted by Rona Mackenzie.

In order to widen the musical participation local enthusiasts are invited to join the Chorus. Information can be found on There will be four rehearsals involving the Chorus, starting on Sunday the 7th of May from 3pm till 4pm, in St Leonard’s Church Hall. Further rehearsals will be arranged to suit. Participation in this extended Chorus who may choose to dress up for the performance, will cost £5.

For any further enquiries please email Edna Auld at

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Fundraising Concert

Well done to Liam Bonthrone and Friends for a great concert on Saturday evening in aid of funds for the Perth and Kinross Music Foundation.

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Concert in support of Young Musicians

Members of the Jambouree Cabaret Singers will be taking part in a concert to support the work of Perth and Kinross Music Foundation – a charity who helps families allow there children to take part in the Central Music Groups and Music Camp.

Tickets available at the door.

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Bold Gendarme – Duet

Kenneth McIver and Ron MacKenzie

Performed at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, June 2016

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Roses of Picardy – Liam Bonthrone

“Roses of Picardy” is a British popular song with lyrics by Frederick Weatherly and music by Haydn Wood. Published in London in 1916 by Chappell & Co, it was one of the most famous songs of the First World War and has been recorded frequently up to the present day.

Sung in the recording by Liam Bonthrone at the ‘Lest We Forget’ Commemoration on the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, in St John’s Kirk, Perth.

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