A POPULAR musical tradition is continuing this year as Saddleworth Male Voice Choir and augmented ladies chorus will put on their 56th consecutive performance of Handel’s Messiah.
Under their 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 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 also recruits the services of Professional Soloists from the Royal Northern College of Music for the special night.
The ensemble is very fortunate to 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 people of Saddleworth and the choir’s widespread supporters eagerly await the annual performance and to many of them it heralds the beginning of the Christmas festivities.
The Messiah performance will take place on Saturday, December 22 at 7pm in the Uppermill Civic Hall.
Tickets are priced at £16, £13 and £11 and can be obtained from the Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill Post Office or call David Davies on 01457 873182.