HELENSBURGH Parish Church is hosting a Songs of Friendship concert for Christian Aid this weekend.

The concert, for choir and orchestra, with music from Scotland and Sweden, takes place in the church on Sunday, September 16 at 7pm.

It features the very welcome return to Helensburgh of Sollerökören, who were last in Helensburgh in 2015, along with music from the Helensburgh Family Singers and local orchestral musicians.

Sollerön is a village on an island in a beautiful lake in Central Sweden where Tony Kent of Helensburgh was born.

It was Tony who established the connection, and brought about the formation of the Helensburgh Family Singers.

Since the 2015 concert, the choirs have added to their travels and have sung in Scotland, Sweden, Portugal, Romania, France and England. The concert on September 16 includes much of the repertoire they performed in the Suffolk village of Clare last year.

As well as Swedish and Scottish songs, the programme on Sunday will include the short 'Missa Amicitia' by a member of Sollerökören, Agne Samuelsson, and two orchestral works - one of which, Handel's Organ Concerto 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale', features Derek Clark as soloist.

The soloists in the 'Missa Amicitia' will be Elspeth Davis, Bitte Kans, Iain McGinley and Ivar Murelius. The orchestra will be led by Christine Sinclair and the conductors will be Britt-Inger Nilsson and David Bruce.

The concert is being presented in support of Christian Aid, Helensburgh. Admission is by donation.