Well one thing you can't say is that Audlem Voices are not a considerate and generous bunch, as we have deliberately changed the dates, of our next concert.
That is so the fine and upright citizens of Audlem and surrounding villages can attend the likes of the Full Monty night at the Shroppie Fly on behalf of the Mend our Mum campaign.
As a group of rather handsome specimens, we were, of course, asked to participate, but due to
the heavy and complex attire of the penguin suits, combined with the lack of manual dexterity, it was soon realised it would be 'last orders' before they actually revealed any skin to the paying audience!
However, understanding that maybe the village required a bit of 'class' to balance out the other activities, Audlem Voices are delighted to announce that they will be proudly performing Handel's Messiah on Sunday 19th of April at St James's Church Audlem.
The concert will be starting at 7.00pm prompt, allowing plenty of time for people to recover from the previous evening's antics!
Once again Jenny Collis-Smith will be wielding her baton, after months of late evening practices, having once again honed her choir to musical perfection and Treona Holden will be tickling the ivories for this performance.
We will have four professional singers to add gravitas to this performance. We are delighted to
welcome back Jane Johnson as our soprano, Pamela Clarke will be singing Alto, Philip Cartwright tenor and the Reverend Lars Petterson will be singing bass.
For centuries, people have loved Handel's Messiah, and for good reason. In fact, a reviewer of the first performance of this piece wrote, 'The sublime, the grand, and the tender, adapted to the most elevated, majestic and moving words, conspired to transport and charm the ravished heart and ear.'
Now that's some review and a perfect balance of culture for our local community!
It's one of the most famous and widely shared pieces of music in history yet audiences continue to find time to enjoy new performances.
Let's face it, today's audiences typically reserve that kind of time for a 'One Direction' concert or the opening of a new 'Star Wars' movie!
One of Audlem Voices' aims is to introduce an entire generation of younger people to the joys of classical music, and with this in mind we are delighted to say that any youngster still in full time
education will be allowed in free to this concert – bring your parents if you feel they need some cultural enlightenment as well!
So please put this date in your diary – Sunday 19th April at 7.00 p.m. in St James's Church, Audlem. Tickets remain at the ridiculously low price of £7.50 and will be on sale at Audlem Post Office and William's Newsagents. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Plenty of entertainment will lose its popularity long before the end of the century, if not the decade, but great works endure because they appeal to universal longings of the human spirit.
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