Saturday was the day of the great choral concert in Fort William, where the Corran Singers from Argyll joined up with the Kilmallie Singers from Lochaber to sing the Vivaldi Gloria and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, with added orchestra and soloists. We left Argyll mid-morning and drove up through Oban and along Loch Linnhe in glorious sunshine, making Fort Bill within two hours from base. After a mooch about town for lunch, which as anyone who knows Fort William will realise will occupy only ten minutes of the enquiring mind, we set off for the high school for rehearsal. After that, we had a few hours to kill before the concert and were hosted in the homes of members of the Kilmallie Singers. The Queen of the Chooks came up to support her old man so she and I and a Corran tenor went off with a Kilmallie soprano to her home in Ballachulish for a slap-up spread and a shower before changing for the concert. The concert itself went fairly well, apart from the supremely embarassing moment when the conductor stopped the Vivaldi mid-fugue and re-started us because the choir and organist had gotten horribly out of synch. Otherwise, a most enjoyable evening.
The route back gave us the choice of the winding road along the coast through Oban or up through Glencoe and down throgh Dalmally and Inveraray, which is slightly further but a faster road. The decision was made when we came out to the car and saw the full moon sliding up along the summit of Ben Nevis, which looms over the high school. The drive was taken in full moonlight on deserted roads and was stunning. The most spectacular moment came when we reached the head of Glencoe itself and the moon was behind Buachaille Etive Mor (probably Scotland’s most beautiful mountain to start with) providing a backlit effect to the smallest possible cap of cloud on the summit. Breath-taking moment.