OLDHAM Choral Society is making a rare appearance in Rochdale when they sing at St Chad’s as part of their regular Saturday lunchtime recital series.
About 75 members of the 100-strong choir will be performing a short, varied programme of sacred choral music on Saturday, June 22, starting at 1pm.
The hour-long concert should appeal to all classical music lovers, and there are also a number of “crossover” items that will be familiar to all Classic FM listeners.
The programme ranges from Handel’s famous Coronation Anthem – Zadok the Priest and Mozart’s Ave Verum to more recent compositions by John Rutter, Karl Jenkins, and the Norwegian Ola Gieillo. There will also be music by Faure, Elgar, Brahms, Bruckner, Schubert and earlier music.
The choir will be directed by their regular Music Director Nigel P Wilkinson and accompanied by the church organist Philip Lowe.
Nigel said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been invited to perform in this beautiful historic church and we have enjoyed rehearsing a lovely programme of music suitable for the occasion.
“We look forward to singing in the church with its wonderful acoustics and hope to attract a good audience and make some new friends. Come along and spend a relaxing hour with us.”
There is a small admission charge of £5.50 to cover costs, and you can pay on the door. Find St Chad’s Church at 7 Church Stile, Rochdale OL16 1FF.