Choral so­ci­ety’s Mes­siah is re­turn­ing for Easter

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It is 11 years since the South Auck­land Choral So­ci­ety last per­formed Han­del’s much-loved Mes­siah in Pa­pakura so the choir, which fea­tures a num­ber of Franklin singers, is de­lighted to an­nounce that there will be two per­for­mances just prior to Easter.

The choir will sing on April 4 and 5 at Cross­roads Methodist Church, Broad­way, Pa­pakura.

While Mes­siah is usu­ally per­formed at Christ­mas, a ma­jor part of the text cov­ers a se­lec­tion of the Chris­tian gospels and is very rel­e­vant to the Easter story.

Han­del’s work is so pop­u­lar the choir has ex­panded to 90 singers, with soloists and mu­si­cians mak­ing a to­tal of 100 per­form­ers.

John Rosser will again con­duct, with Michael Bell as or­gan­ist and trum­peter Philip Lloyd ac­com­pa­ny­ing.

John is known through­out New Zealand as a con­duc­tor, choral ad­ju­di­ca­tor and leader of the highly suc­cess­ful Auck­land group Viva Voce.

He also con­ducts the massed choirs that per­form in Sym­phony Un­der the Stars in the Auck­land Do­main.

Soloists are Emma Roxburgh and Morag McDow­ell, so­pra­nos; Claire Bar­ton, mezzo so­prano; John Mur­ray, tenor and Daniel O’Con­nor, bari­tone.

The per­for­mance will also in­clude five young singers who are ben­e­fi­cia­ries of a mu­sic schol­ar­ship pro­gramme. Each schol­ar­ship is worth $1000.

Au­di­ence sup­port for th­ese per­for­mances is ex­pected to be high so pre-per­for­mance tick­ets are now avail­able at Guys Phar- macy, Rose­lands Pa­pakura, phone 298 5615.

Door sales will also be avail­able. Tick­ets are $30 for adults with spe­cial prices for chil­dren at the door. In­quiries can be made with Ali­son, phone 298 2283.

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