Choir gets ready for new sea­son of song

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

AFTER a sum­mer break, a choral group is get­ting ready for its new sea­son of con­certs.

Prest­bury Choral So­ci­ety per­formed at a range of venues dur­ing its last sea­son, cul­mi­nat­ing in a fi­nale con­cert at St Bartholomew’s Church in Wilm­slow in June, dur­ing which it per­formed Sasha John­son Man­ning’s ‘ Songs of the Sol­dier’.

The piece was com­posed es­pe­cially for the group to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the out­break of the Great War. The con­cert was recorded and can be seen on YouTube.

Cyn­thia Crewe, one of the choir’s mem­bers, said: “The piece, based on five pro­found and pow­er­ful po­ems by Ru­pert Brooke, John McCrae and Siegfried Sas­soon, was deeply mov­ing and a priv­i­lege to sing, ac­com­pa­nied by James Pel­ham on pi­ano to main­tain an air of in­ti­macy, in the pres­ence of Sasha her­self.

“Singing is such a plea­sure, so up­lift­ing, and is pretty good ex­er­cise too – it’s phys­i­cally de­mand­ing, men­tally stim­u­lat­ing and gives a great sense of well-be­ing.

“And then there is the so­cial el­e­ment – I’ve made so many good friends through the choir.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the web­site prest­ or call 01625 262249.

The new sea­son be­gins with Brahms: A Ger­man Re­quiem, at St Bartholomew’s Church, Wilm­slow, on Satur­day, Novem­ber 22 at 7.30pm. Tick­ets cost £10 at the door, or you can get them by call­ing 01625 584337.

●● Prest­bury Choral So­ci­ety

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