THE musical voices of Traquair Choir are set to take flight this weekend with the launch of a five-year anniversary CD.

Follow the Heron is a celebration of the choir's rise from its foundations in early 2014.

Now featuring over 70 members, Traquair Choir has become a popular part of the Innerleithen and surrounding area community.

On Sunday, Follow the Heron will be officially launched with a concert in Innerleithen Church.

Traquair Choir musical director Julie Harvey told us: “Five years on, I am thrilled and delighted that Traquair Choir has grown and flourished both musically and in its membership.

"An integral part of the local community, we welcome anyone who wishes to join us and discover the joy of singing.

"This recording is a celebration of our journey so far and I would like to dedicate it to all those who have sung with us along the way.”

Featuring the Karine Polwart song, Follow the Heron, the title of the anniversary CD is also a tribute to the choir's founder, Elaine Heron.

And the artwork by choir member Guy Norris is based around a stained glass window of a heron.

Since its formation Traquair Choir has performed all over the region and beyond.

And they regularly host visiting choirs, including musicians and singers from as far away as Finland and France, to perform in Peeblesshire.

As well as launching Follow the Heron, Sunday's concert is also a fund­raiser for The Cheyne Gang, who will also be performing during the afternoon.

Formed in 2013 for people with respiratory illnesses, and originally as a research project, the community singing group encourages people suffering from breathlessness to sing for lung health.

The group originally started in Edinburgh but there are now choirs in Leith, Glasgow and the Tweed Valley with plans to go Scotland wide.

At Sunday's concert there will be a short video presentation on the work of the Cheyne Gang during their performance.

The Traquair and Cheyne Gang choirs will be performing in Innerleithen Church from 3pm on Sunday.

For more information and tickets, priced at £7/£5 and under16s go free, contact Julie Harvey on 01896 830304.