A summer musical delight

The Alnwick and District Choral Society at St Paul's Church, Alnwick.
The Alnwick and District Choral Society at St Paul's Church, Alnwick.

Two Alnwick-based community groups will come together for a special summer concert to mark the beginning of the season.

The Alnwick and District Choral Society and Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band are performing this weekend.

The choral highlights will include pieces from My Fair Lady, Porgy and Bess and a medley of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs.

Meanwhile, the band will be performing a number of musical medleys from classics such as Oklahoma, Chicago and Sweet Charity.

The concert is taking place on Saturday, June 14, at 7.30pm at St Paul’s Church, Alnwick.

The venue has become a second home for the choral society after a very successful spring concert of Handel’s Messiah in March.

The place of worship has been used by groups like the Playhouse Concert Band and Rock Festival Choir due to its stunning acoustics.

The concert is hoping to utilise the building’s music amplification to fill the aisles.

Katy Luke, band secretary for the Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band, said: “For us, it’s nice to be playing in St Paul’s with both of us being linked to the Playhouse.

“The acoustics create a lovely sound, but this is just the start of our summer programme.

“We ‘ve got a very varied programme and both us and the choral society come together at the end for a performance of I Dreamed A Dream.

“For the first time, we’re playing The Lost Chord. It’s by beautiful Arthur Sullivan piece, who wrote it on his brother’s deathbed.”

Tickets for the St Paul’s performance, which takes place on Sunday, June 14 at 7.30pm (doors 7pm), can be purchased on the door on the evening. £10, students free.