South Chiltern Choral Society present Handel’s Messiah
December 13, 2012
One of the world’s most famous choral works will be performed by the South Chiltern Choral Society at a dazzling concert this weekend.
The musical group is performing Handel’s Messiah (Part 1) at Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common.
The oratorio was composed by Handel in 1741 and was first performed in Dublin a year later.
Despite a modest public reception at the time, the work has gone on to become one of the best-known and most loved choral works ever written. The piece will be performed by the 120 strong choir, conducted by Gwyn Arch and accompanied by Ian Westley on the organ.
They will be joined by soprano Lisa Wilson, mezzo-soprano Lindsay Bramley, tenor Adam Kowalczyk, and Stephen Holloway who sings bass.
In the second half of the concert, each singer will perform a popular Christmas song of their choosing, interspersed with recently composed carols by John Rutter, Alan Bullard and Will Todd.
Audiences will also be invited to join in with their favourite works.
There will be a collection for the Reading branch of The Lighthouse Group, which is funding a small school in Calcot for disadvantaged children excluded from mainstream education.
The show starts at 7.30pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Tickets are £12 for adults and £6 for under 18s, including interval refreshments.
Children under five go free. To book, call the box office on 0118 987 4346.