Little did singer Linzie Nicol know when she joined the Glenrothes Rock Choir two years ago that she would be one day recording at the same hallowed Abbey Road studios once favoured by The Beatles.
But that chance became a reality last month for Linzie, her mum Anita and around 30 of their fellow choir members when that were invited to attend an exclusive recording session at the world famous studio in London.
The Glenrothes contingent joined around 500 other amateur Rock Choir singers from across Scotland’s central belt in the once-in-a-lifetime experience with the aim of producing a charity single.
“It was a surreal experience, I had to pinch myself more than once to make sure I wasn’t dreaming,” Linzie told the Gazette.
“Just being in the same studio space that The Beatles famously recorded Sergeant Pepper was an amazing experience and a dream come true,” she added.
And as the heady atmosphere of studios that had seen a who’s who of music heavyweights - which includes the likes of Burt Bacharach, Ella Fitzgerald, Cilla Black, Oasis, Michael Jackson and Take That - walk through the door, nerves were bound to be a factor.
“Music history was right there in every corner, we were stood next to a piano and one of the recording staff casually told us that it had been the piano that Queen had used when recording Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975, I’m not sure that helped my nerves much,” laughed Linzie.
“I was nervous because you can’t not be aware of huge stars that have made some of the most popular music ever recorded right where I was standing but the staff were so professional and helped every one perform to the best ability,” she added.
Linzie and her colleagues recorded three tracks - Mariah Carey’s 1993 hit ‘Anytime You Need A Friend’, ‘True Colors’ by Cyndi Lauper and Stevie Wonder’s ‘Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours’, which are now being lined up for a possible release later this year as part of a charity initiative.
And the pedigree of the Glenrothes choir, who performed in front of 60,000 rugby fans at Murrayfield when Scotland played Japan and recently sang to sold-out audiences at Rothes Halls shone through when Glenrothes choir leader Rachael Leith sang solo on the Mariah Carey number.
Linzie, who also sings with the Edinburgh choir, said her performance was “incredible”.
While Linzie and her pals are still on a high from the experience they are already looking ahead to Rock Choir’s 10th anniversary in June 2015 when they will be performing at the NEC in Birmingham as part of the celebration.