Singers welcome to join in Messiah choruses in Axminster

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:40 11 December 2017

Chloë Stratta.

Chloë Stratta.


Members of Axminster and District Choral Society is inviting people to go and sing with them.

This year the Axminster and District Choral Society is once again inviting singers from around the area to join them in singing choruses from Handel’s magnificent Messiah.

Singers will rehearse in the afternoon of Saturday, December 16, from 2pm onwards.

The society’s music director Peter Parshall will be conducting and there will be an evening performance of the chosen parts, beginning at 7pm.

A member of the choir said: “Some people have come to our previous ‘Come and sings’ saying they had not sung in a concert since they were at school and thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.”

As well as the famous Hallelujah chorus, the programme will include: O Thou That Tellest, For Unto Us a Child is Born, Glory to God, All We Like Sheep, He Trusted in God and several others.

There will be the opportunity for the audience to join in the carols: Joy to the World. O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Come All Ye Faithful

Talented young local soprano, Chloe Stratta, who will be remembered for her singing role as narrator in Handel’s Alexander’s Feast,will make a welcome return to the Minster to join in the event.

Laurence Cummings, director of the London Handel Orchestra, says in most of Handel’s oratorios, the soloists dominate and the choir sings only brief choruses but in Messiah, ‘the chorus propels the work forward with great emotional impact and uplifting messages’.

He said: “The feelings of joy you get from the Hallelujah chorus are second to none. How can anybody resist the Amen chorus at the end?

“It will always lift your spirits if you are feeling down.”

The event takes place on Saturday, December 16, at the Minster, with the rehearsal starting at 2pm and the concert taking place at 7pm.

The entry fee for singers is £10 - phone 01404 881838 for further details.

For anyone who would like to attend the concert, the tickets cost £10 (includes a glass of wine and mince pie) and are available from Archway Books, Church Street.

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