On Saturday 11th February 2017 there will be a special 10th anniversary of the Wantage Come and Sing Messiah Workshop and Concert at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage. The net proceeds will be donated to a number of charities this year including CAFOD.
Gill Skidmore explained more about this special 10th Anniversary event,
“We are extremely grateful and fortunate to have been able to engage Paul Leddington-Wright to lead us through the day and conduct Messiah. Paul is a conductor, organist, composer and arranger, whose lifelong love of sacred and classical music has always been matched by his passion for musical theatre and opera.
“Over 25 years of work for BBC radio and television have seen countless collaborations with an eclectic mix of people, involving numerous musical genres in often challenging locations. He is equally at home in the orchestra pit or on a Cathedral organ bench, and enjoys working with youth and adult choirs as much as with amateur and professional orchestras.
“Registration starts at 10.30 am for participants and we conclude with a performance of Messiah at 7 pm. We are expecting around 300 people from all over the country – we already know of folk from Cambridge, Coventry, Rotherham, Rochdale, Bicester and London – as well as lots of people from Oxfordshire. We hope to be able to give at least a small donation to all the charities that we have supported over the last nine years.”
Gill told us how this first started,
“Our first Come and Sing was on 6th January 2008 arranged in 15 days in the Methodist Hall Wantage, with volunteer soloists and about 60 singers.
“In January 2009 we engaged a conductor, accompanist and soloists and were pleased to greet over 90 singers. We moved to St John Vianney RC church in 2011 and we have been hosting a choir of about 120 to 140 singers.The net proceeds of the days have always been donated to charity.
“Each year we support Breast Cancer Now (formerly Breakthrough Breast Cancer) and we have also donated to Sobell House Hospice, Oxford, Project 21 (Wantage Methodist Church refurbishment), CAFOD, Singing for the Brain, See Saw, Prostate Cancer UK and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. By 2016 our total raised for these charities exceeded £10,000.”
The Beacon is a welcoming venue with comfortable seating and a coffee shop. A cash bar will be available before the performance and during the interval. The organisers have said that you may wish to bring your own food and eat there, or visit one of the numerous nearby cafes. Public car parking is adjacent to the venue.
To mark this event there will be a celebration cake for the performers, celebration dinner and raffle.
For further information and tickets contact 01235 763756 or firstname.lastname@example.org