Choral society’s Messiah is returning for Easter
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.