Choral society ready for a packed autumn

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MEMBERS of Todmorden Choral Society are preparing to give their autumn concert next week.

The society is rehearsing a programme including “St Nicolas” by Benjamin Britten for the concert at St Mary’s Church, Todmorden, on Saturday October 29 at 7.30pm.

Britten’s work briefly mentions the saint’s good work which began the Christmas custom of giving presents.

But it goes on to explain much more about his unusual life.

The choir will also be singing Stanford’s “Magnificat” and “Nunc Dimittis”, as well as Bach’s “Lord Jesus Christ, my life and light”.

The youth choir will be performing and the musical accompaniment will be provided by the Lancashire Chamber Orchestra.

The orchestra will also perform Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachmusik”.

The soloist for the concert will be Ben Kerslake and the organist will be Anthony Hunt.

All the items will be conducted by Antony Brannick.

Tickets for the concert are available from choral society members and from Todmorden Information Centre, priced £8 (concessions £6).

The autumn concert marks the beginning of a busy season for the choral society as they perform at several venues in Todmorden in the run-up to Christmas.

On November 26, members will sing festive tunes at the Christmas lights switch-on in Todmorden town centre.

The society will give its annual performance of seasonal favourite, Handel’s “Messiah” at Todmorden Town Hall on December 4.

Members will provide festive music and entertainment at the Unitarian Church on December 8 and hold a coffee morning at Central Methodist Church on December 17.

The society will give its Christmas concert with Todmorden Orchestra at the town hall on December 18.

For more information about the society, contact secretary Linda Holmes on 01422 843486.