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Press Release: Witham Choral, Advent with Witham Choral

Witham Choral’s next performance, accompanied by members of the Colchester Bach Orchestra, will be at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday 30 November at Witham United Reformed Church. It will have an advent theme and will include Part One of Handel’s wonderful piece, Messiah, a real favourite among choral singers and audiences alike. The famous Hallelujah Chorus will be an added extra. Bach’s Cantata No. 61 is also on the programme as well as the famous Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.

And there will be another treat! “Some of you may remember Handel’s Eternal Source of Light Divine from Harry and Meghan’s wedding,” mentioned Chairman, Stephen Northfield. “A magnificent work and we are lucky enough to have both an accomplished mezzo-soprano soloist and a splendid trumpeter lined up to perform it for us. Certainly something to look forward to!”

Tickets are £12 or £5 for those in full-time education and are available from choir members, from 01245 380958, from Witham Tourist Information Centre on 01376 520627 or on the door.

Weekly rehearsals are on Tuesdays in term time, 7.45 p.m. at Witham URC, Newland Street.

For more details call 01245 380958 or visit the Witham Choral website www.withamchoralsociety.org.uk

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Gilbert & Sullivan success for Witham Choral

Witham Choral was delighted to welcome Angela Kilmartin, Chairman of Braintree District Council, as one of the soloists in the Gilbert & Sullivan Come and Sing on Saturday 15 June at Witham United Reformed Church.

Keen G&S singers joined Witham Choral both in the choir and as soloists and the afternoon and the evening went extremely well with excerpts being performed from The Mikado and The Gondoliers. Patrick McCarthy, Musical Director, related the topsy-turvy plots to the enthusiastic audience as well as singing two favourite arias.

Angela, who has chosen Witham Choral as one of her charities for the year, sang the famous ‘The Sun whose Rays are all Ablaze’ from The Mikado to great effect. Other soloists were the choir’s Chairman, Stephen Northfield, members Jenny Bellman, Teresa Paddon and Mary McCarthy. Andrew Marsden completed the list and pianist Stephen Evans provided the excellent accompaniment.

Patrick told us, “Our regular Witham Choral accompanist, Antony Mortimer, joined Stephen for duet versions of overtures for both operas which greatly added to the jollity of the occasion. It was a very happy day and we were delighted to have such a large audience, which is unusual for a Come and Sing. Perhaps it was because of our appearance at the Witham Community Day – it must have been clear to the local residents what fun we have in Witham Choral and just how marvellous the G&S operas are.”

The photo shows Musical Director, Accompanist and Soloists Left to right: Patrick McCarthy, Angela Kilmartin, Stephen Northfield, Andrew Marsden, Stephen Evans, Teresa Paddon, Mary McCarthy, Jenny Bellman

For more information please call 01206 546202

Patrick rehearsing the choir & orchestra in preparation for Elijah, May 2013

In preparation for the next concert

Patrick has been a notable figure on the local area musical scene for over twenty years.

He was trained as a singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the London Opera Centre. His operatic and singing career has taken him all over the British Isles and Europe. Music lovers may remember his dramatic rescue of a Prom performance of Carmina Burana back in 1974. Read more here


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