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Newark to host singing of Handel’s Messiah
Friday 23rd December, 2016 - Newark Parish Church
Newark to host singing of Handel’s Messiah
Performers in Handel’s Messiah include Musica Donum Dei.
In a first for Newark, Handel’s Messiah will be performed by internationally acclaimed soloists, supported by a period instrument orchestra, for an evening of music and culture in the parish church.

Since its Dublin premiere in 1742, Messiah has been performed by choirs across the land every year since at least 1745. 274 years later, the Magdalene Arts Foundation has brought together a collection of world-renowned soloists, a period instrument orchestra and a powerful chorus to perform the piece on Friday, December 23 at 7pm.

Churchwarden Mike Lowe said: “St Mary Magdalene is delighted to welcome this prestigious event.

“It is just the perfect setting — a beautiful, historic building and magnificent music. What could be better?”

Performers include the sonorous baritone Alastair Miles, who has performed at some of the world’s leading opera houses, including The Met in New York, La Scala in Milan and London’s Convent Garden.

Countertenor Robin Blaze is among the best interpretors of Purcell, Bach and Handel and has performed Messiah with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston.

Also singing will be leading tenor Mark Wilde, who has performed all over the world, alongside English National Opera soprano Emily Rowley-Jones.

The orchestra is Musica Donum Dei who will play on instruments that would have been known to Handel.

The choruses, including the famous Hallelujah Chorus will be sung by Ferdinand’s Consort, known for their crystalline energy and pristine tone, who have performed across the UK.

The performance will be directed by Dr Stephen Bullamore, the church’s director of music who is an expert on music of the period.

The concert is being promoted by the newly-formed Magdalene Arts Foundation.

The operations lead for the foundation, Andrew Gibson, said: “I am looking forward to this concert immensely.

“I want our great town of Newark to become known for hosting high quality concerts such as this.

“It is going to be a fantastic evening.”

Tickets for the concert cost £15 to £45.

For more information, or to book tickets, visit www.magdaleneartsfound
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