Ayr Choral Union’s AGM marked the end of an era when a presentation was made to the choir’s long serving accompanist Morag Walton. pictured above.

Morag, who studied music at Glasgow University, and has taught many aspiring young pianists over three decades, originally joined the choir, as a singer, in 1975. She became the choir’s accompanist in 1994.

During the succeeding 27 years, her meticulous and conscientious approach to her role has seen her support rehearsals of many of the great choral works including the choir’s most recent performance of Bach’s St John Passion in April.

She has also accompanied the choir in concerts in St Giles Cathedral Edinburgh and Paisley Abbey.

Morag’s skill as an arranger has been demonstrated in performances over the years especially at Christmas. Choir members are delighted that Morag is not retiring fully as she will return to sing in the new season.

Also at the AGM, a cheque for £500 was presented to Brian Kelsey, a representative of Crossroads Caring Scotland, pictured right.

This money was raised through a Just Giving webpage created for the Christmas concert and a bucket collection at the Spring concert.

Crossroads Caring Scotland is one of the country’s leading providers of support for carers and Ayr Choral Union has been happy to fundraise during its two-year charity partnership.