The chorus began in 1986 as a quartet, made up of four brothers – Pat, Phil, Johnny and Davie Trainer. They quickly augmented the numbers, doubling up, and sourcing a musical director, May Barnes. As the group numbers grew to more than a dozen, May developed a polish previously missing, and the number of concerts for the chorus increased.
After May left in 1992 she was replaced by Eoin Millar, retired head of music for Strathclyde Region. A regular adjudicator at the Gaelic Mod and music festivals around the country, Eoin’s forte is four-part arrangements, the envy of choirs up and down the country, and he has led the chorus to four top-choir awards at the Glasgow Musical Festival in the last dozen years.
The bulk of the chorus’ portfolio is mainly drawn from the Great American Songbook.