57th Handel’s Messiah to raise roof at Civic Hall

THE 57th consecutive performance of Handel’s Messiah will raise the roof at the Civic Hall in Uppermill once more this Christmas.The Saddleworth Male Voice Choir and augmented ladies chorus are currently rehearsing for the popular event on Saturday, December 21 at 7pm.

Locals eagerly await the annual performance of Messiah and to many it reinforces the true meaning of Christmas and heralds the beginning of the festivities.

Under musical director Dorian Kelly, the choir performs as a chorus of 32 tenor/bass voices together with an augmented ladies chorus of 48 soprano/contralto voices, recruited from local churches, musical societies and choirs.

Some members of the men’s choir have appeared in more than 40 performances and a number of the ladies have sung Messiah with the choir for more than 30 years.

The choir recruits the services of professional soloists from the Royal Northern College of Music for the occasion.

The ensemble will be accompanied once again by the immensely experienced Pennine Orchestra, which has played with the choir since 1982.

Each year, the dedication of all concerned adds a refreshing brightness to the performance of this wonderful Oratorio.

The Messiah performance will take place on Saturday, December 21 at 7pm in the Uppermill Civic Hall.

Tickets priced at £16, £13 and £11 can be obtained from Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill Post Office or David Davies: 01457 873182.

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