Kirk members take part in live Christmas Carol broadcast to raise awareness of MND
Published on 20 December 2017
Kirk members were part of a choir which performed a Christmas Carol at Glasgow Central Station live on TV - simultaneously with four choirs across England.
The wonder of modern technology meant that singers separated by hundreds of miles were featured together singing 'O Come All Ye Faithful' on the BBC Breakfast programme for “Get Britain Singing" week.
Lesley Langlands, a member of St Andrew’s Church in Annan in Dumfries and Galloway, is part of the 'Lucy Lintott/MND Scotland' choir which raises money to tackle Motor Neurone Disease.
Miss Lintott from Garmouth in Moray, was diagnosed at the age of 19 three years ago, making her the youngest person in Scotland to have the incurable, terminal disease.
The choir was formed by musician, James Hawkins, this year specifically to sing a track on the charity album 'Stand Together' by Choirs With Purpose to raise money to support people living with MND.
Mrs Langlands,convener and treasurer of St Andrew’s Church Guild, said yesterday’s concert on the station concourse by a Christmas tree, which included Lucy herself, was fantastic.
“We had a lovely time and the atmosphere was wonderful,” she added.
“Lots of commuters stopped to take photographs and record us singing.
“Some people even made donations.
“I have been a supporter of MND Scotland since my friend died from the disease almost three years ago.”
Morag and Fiona Ferrans of New Cumnock Parish Church in East Ayrshire also sang in the choir along with another friend from the congregation.
Broadcaster JJ Chalmers, son of former Moderator of the General Assembly, Very Rev Dr John Chalmers, attended the Glasgow Central Station performance on behalf of the BBC.
He said: "We have choirs from all over the country this morning singing as the nation awakes and heads to work.
“But the Lucy Lintott/MND Scotland Choir is the only one that is performing in the concourse of a railway station.
“Here at Central Station Glasgow, we have brought the message of Christmas along with the fight to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease directly to the people in a very public way.
“It is a very special moment."