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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.


Press Release Witham Choral’s Night at the Opera

Witham Choral will be entering the world of opera at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday 6 April 2019 at Witham Public Hall.

Musical Director, Patrick McCarthy, told us: “Coming from an operatic background myself, it is will be a great pleasure to conduct Witham Choral and the Colchester Philharmonic in ‘A Night at the Opera!’ It will bring back happy memories.”

Soloists Gill Wilson (soprano), Elaine Henson (mezzo) and John Pierce (tenor) will be performing well-known arias such as Mozart’s Queen of the Night, the Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s Nessun Dorma.

Chairman Stephen Northfield commented, “I am looking forward to singing the famous Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves and The Anvil Chorus! It will be a splendid evening full of much-loved familiar melodies.”

Tickets: £13 (£5 full-time education) are available from Witham Public Hall 0345 017 8717, www.withampublichall.co.uk or from choir members or 01245 380958 or at the door. Doors open at 7.00 p.m.

If you are interested in singing with Witham Choral just go along to Witham URC at 7.45 p.m. on a Tuesday night or telephone 01245 380958 for more details.


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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