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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

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Press Release Witham Choral

Calling G&S Singers and Audience!

Witham Choral is looking forward to its next concert when excerpts from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado and Gondoliers will be performed at Witham United Reformed Church on Saturday 15 June. Singers who would like to join in the rehearsals (or even sing solos!) are very welcome. The afternoon rehearsal will be at 3.00 p.m and the performance at 7.00 p.m. Weekly rehearsals are on Tuesdays at 7.45 p.m. at Witham URC, Newland Street.

“This will be a fun concert,” says Musical Director, Patrick McCarthy, who used to perform Gilbert & Sullivan himself for the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company earlier in his career. “The Mikado and The Gondoliers are two of my favourite G&S operas and Witham Choral is relishing the singing of wonderful tunes and witty lyrics. I hope we will attract a good audience to join in the hilarity!”

Tickets for singers are £10 and for audience £5 from Witham Tourist Information Centre on 01376 520627, from choir members and on the door. For more details or to book your singing place, please call 01245 380958.


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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