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Witham Choral: Press Release October 2017

Sing Christmas!

Witham Choral is presenting a Sing Christmas! concert on Saturday 9 December at 7.30 p.m. at Witham Public Hall which will include carols galore for both choir and audience.

In addition to the carols, it will be a splendid Christmassy mixture of excerpts from Messiah, Charpentier’s Midnight Mass and Vaughan Williams’ Christmas Fantasia. Witham Choral will be accompanied by the Colchester Philharmonic, conducted by Patrick McCarthy, and baritone soloist Alastair Merry will be joining in the seasonal celebrations.

Tickets: £12 or £5 for those in full-time education available from Witham Public Hall at 0345 017 8717 or www.withampublichall.co.uk, Witham Tourist Office in the Town Hall on 01376 502674, as well as from choir members or from 01376 513713.


LAST CONCERT: Last Night of the Proms at Witham Public Hall

Witham Choral is delighted to be bringing The Last Night of the Proms to Witham Public Hall at 7.30 p.m. in Saturday 11 March. The Colchester Philharmonic and soloists Gill Wilson (soprano) and Roderic Knott (tenor) will be adding to the fun of this ever-popular concert.

Conductor Patrick McCarthy is no stranger to the Proms, having made history by stepping in to replace an ailing soloist during a televised concert at the Royal Albert Hall back in 1974. He was one of the promenaders that evening and went backstage to offer to help out after the baritone had been carried off the stage. “It was a unique occasion,” Patrick told us, “and I was recently asked to appear on The One Show to describe the experience even though it happened all those years ago.”

The choir will be singing The Hebrew Slaves among other well-known opera choruses as well as the much-loved Henry Wood Sea Songs and Jerusalem. And, of course, Gill and Roderic will be joining them in Rule Britannia! “There will be some beautiful orchestral items too,” Chairman Anne Priest added, “and I am sure it will be a great evening.”

Tickets are £12 (£5 for those in full-time education) and are available from Witham Public Hall on 0345 017 8717 www.withampublichall.co.uk, The Tourist Office at the Town Hall 01376 502674 or from choir members. For more details telephone 01376 513713.


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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