Choirs come together to perform to a thousand at premier venue

Alnwick and District Choral Society Choir.
Alnwick and District Choral Society Choir.

More than 200 singers from across the Alnwick area will be joining forces on one of the North East’s most sough-after stages for a night of music.

Over several years, a succession of concerts, held at the Alnwick Playhouse, have brought together choirs and other vocal ensembles from around the district under the banner Alnwick Sings.

Lionheart Harmony

Lionheart Harmony

Providing a showcase for local talent, the concerts proved to be highly successful.

But as the project continues they are stepping up into a different league.

So, on Saturday, May 21, in excess of 200 of Alnwick’s finest singers will come together at the Sage Gateshead for an experience which, for most, will be an unforgettable and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on the ‘big stage’ in front of an audience of up to a thousand.

The choirs involved are The Alnwick & District Choral Society, The Playhouse Community Choir, The Bailiffgate Singers, The Rock Festival Choir, Wooler Silver Singers, Glendale Voices’ Seahouses Village Voices and Lionheart Harmony.

Rock Festival Choir

Rock Festival Choir

During the first half, the larger choirs will each present their own programme of music with the general theme of The Fight For Freedom and then the massed choirs from the district will come together in the second half, under the musical direction of Peter Brown, to perform John Rutter’s Feel The Spirit – a suite of seven spirituals written for mezzo-soprano soloist, mixed choir and chamber orchestra.

It is an exciting, moving and often uplifting piece, telling the story of the plight of the hundreds of thousands of black Africans transported and enslaved during the 18th and 19th centuries in America.

On behalf of Alnwick Sings, Mick Lock said: “We are rightly proud of the wealth of musical talent in the district and accompanying the choirs,will be a chamber orchestra drawn from some of Alnwick’s finest instrumentalists.

“We are also fortunate to have secured the services of Hanna-Liisa Kirchin, an outstanding young mezzo, coming up from London to take the solo lead in the suite and in addition, she will contribute a set of pieces by Aaron Copland to the concert.

“Rehearsals have been in progress since September and this promises to be a challenging but rewarding event for the local singing community.”

The concert takes place at 7.30pm.

Tickets, £16, £13 concession, are available at www.sagegateshead.com or Mick Lock on 01665 577724 or mjlock22621@gmail.com