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March and District Amateur Operatic Society will be back in action this month



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After a sixteen month enforced break, March and District Amateur Operatic Society has restarted rehearsals, in preparation for a performance in West End Park later this month.

Members will be performing a mixture of numbers from musicals as well as popular songs with ensemble pieces, solos and small groups, at the bandstand near the George Campbell Leisure Centre on Sunday August 29 from 2pm until 4pm

As well as rehearsals, MADAOS held its annual meeting at the end of last month, when the chair, Francis Pepper, stepped down after nine years, and was presented with a special award for his dedication.

Francis Peppe (centre) receives the Iona Morton Cup from Chris Morton and Annabel Birch. (49798341)
Francis Peppe (centre) receives the Iona Morton Cup from Chris Morton and Annabel Birch. (49798341)

In 1989, Iona Morton, who was a long standing and dedicated member of the Society as a performer, choreographer and director, instigated an award to be given annually to someone in the Society whom she thought had given exceptional service to MADAOS in the previous year; the Iona Morton Cup.

This award has been made annually (with the exception of last year, for obvious reasons) and, since Iona's death, selection of the winner has passed to Iona's son Chris and daughter Annabel Birch, with advice from the society's chair.

This year, Chris, Annabel and the new chair, Claire Lilley, decided the award should go to Francis in recognition of all the hard work he has done to ensure the society's success throughout his time as chair.



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