‘Messiah’ raised roof for flood appeal, to the tune of £5,500

The Messiah raised a bumper sum for the flood appeal
The Messiah raised a bumper sum for the flood appeal

On Sunday, January 24, Todmorden Choral Society and the Todmorden Orchestra put on an extra performance of Handel’s “Messiah” in Todmorden Town Hall.

Normally this is presented in the run up to Christmas each year and the December 2015 concert was the usual sell-out.

So to give more people the chance to hear and see the music being performed, they decided to stage a special one-off extra concert to raise money for the Calderdale Flood Relief Fund, raising the bumper sum of more than £5,500.

A spokesman said this magnificent effort was largely due to the generosity of many people and organisations.

“To prevent any unforced omissions we will not specify who they are.

“An exception must be made for the soloists who waived their fees and without whom the performance could not have taken place,” he said.

“The standard of music was superb and the audience was moved to give a standing ovation after the Hallelujah chorus and at the end of the oratorio.

“We were honoured to welcome to the audience the deputy Lord Lieutenant of the county and many local civic dignitaries.

“It was good to see many new faces in the audience and we hope that they will support us in the future.”

Pictured from the left, including the soloists who helped enable the concert to be staged, are Adam Magee (tenor), Emily Reaves (alto), Antony Brannick (conductor), Caroline Challis (soprano), Andrew Rostron (orchestra leader) and Dean Robinson (bass-baritone).