110 singers and four soloists set for major show
AMIGHTY choral composition will be performed at the next Scunthorpe and District Choral Society concert.
A choir of 110 singers will be supported by the Cantata Orchestra and four soloists for a performance of Handel's Samson oratorio.
The massive composition – which is so large that it is rarely performed – will be sung on Saturday, March 23 at The House, Brumby Wood Lane, Scunthorpe, at 7.30pm.
And the hope is that the piece, written just after Handel's Messiah but far less well known, will become a favourite with classical music fans locally.
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A spokesman for the society said: "Having the same quality of music as the Messiah, it is strange that Samson is so rarely performed and, surprisingly, it contains only four numbers that are anything like well known.
"Scunthorpe and District Choral Society will seek to rectify this anomaly."
The four soloists performing on the night are all singers with impressive pedigrees.
Soprano Sarah Power studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and graduated from the National Opera Studio in London in 2009. She has won many awards and has already performed widely across the country.
Mezzo soprano Kate Symonds-Joy was educated at Cambridge University and graduated with a first class music degree.
Following further musical studies, she is in demand in opera, choral and as a lieder singer.
Tenor Daniel Joy is another young musician with a bright future ahead of him.
He obtained a first class music degree from Durham University and has just graduated with distinction from the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He sings with Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and has performed a number of roles in opera and choral works.
Bass Trevor Eliot Bowes was born in Canada but is now firmly established in this country as an operatic and choral singer, praised for his dramatic voice.
The spokesman said: "This fine line-up of choir, orchestra and soloists will surely give a memorable performance of Samson's dramatic story."
The conductor on the night will be Neville Ward.
Tickets at £12 for adults or £5 for students and children, are available from choir members.
Alternatively, call Scunthorpe Central Library on 01724 860161 or the Plowright Theatre on 01724 297862.
Tickets will also be available on the door on the evening of the performance.