A choir is making its long-awaited return to the stage after nearly two years.
Furness Bach Choir, based in Ulverston, will perform Messiah next month after a long absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The choir, like all musical groups, has been “hit hard” by the coronavirus crisis – and is hoping for good participation to attend its next performance.
Alison Bolt, Furness Bach Choir, said: “Like all musical ensembles, the Furness Bach Choir has been hit hard by foreclosure over the past two years; however, we can finally organize a concert.
“We will probably perform the most appreciated of all choral works, that of Handel Messiah, Sunday December 5th at Ulverston Parish Church.
“We thought it would be an uplifting enough piece to perform, especially in the run-up to Christmas, and we’re hoping for a good audience.
“Not only were we unable to meet during confinement, but we also unfortunately lost our musical director, the young and dynamic Marco Bellasi, when he decided to make a career in Australia in order to be closer to his elderly parents.
“As a result, we ended up without a conductor, but we are grateful to local vocal teacher Clare Eccles, who nobly stepped in to help us until a permanent conductor could be found.
“She will direct the performance of Messiah on December 5, and the concert will be accompanied by organist Colin Dean, trumpeter Kim Moore and timpani Martin Chadderton.
“The soloists will be Naomi, Marczak and Cathy Styles (soprano), Amy Holyland (viola), Cameron Mitchell (tenor) and Ron Eadington (bass).”
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available at the Sutton Bookstore in Ulverston or by calling Alison on 01229 837680.
The hall can only accommodate 140 people in the public, so it is advisable to book in advance to guarantee admission.
A limited number of tickets will be available at the gate, however, once these have left people will have to be turned away.