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Newark Choral Society’s new season to start today (Thursday) with rehearsals in the halls at Barnbygate Methodist Church

Newark Choral Society’s new season rehearsals are starting today (Thursday) in a church hall.

The group will meet in the halls at Barnbygate Methodist Church at 7.30pm.

Musical director Robert-John Edwards will direct the rehearsals in preparation for a concert on Saturday, November 11.

Barnbygate Methodist Church.
Barnbygate Methodist Church.

The concert’s programme will include Fauré’s Requiem and Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man Suite.

The chairman, Michael Wilson commented: “We had a successful first season under the direction of Robert-John Edwards who has been full of praise for the standard of our singing.

“For our concert on 11th November, we will be welcoming the return of Caroline Sharpe, soprano, who sang with the society last season, and Stephen Holloway, who sang the bass solo when the choir performed Bach’s Christmas Oratorio some years ago. The concert will be accompanied by Michael Dutton.”

Before the big concert, the musical directory persuaded his professional singer friends Caroline Sharpe, Rosemary Braddy and Colin Reed along with accompanist Jingle Gawley to present A Night at the Opera.

A Night at the Opera will take place on Saturday, October 7 at 7.30pm in Barnbygate Methodist Church with tickets from £15.

The programme will include Mozart, Bizet, Puccini, Dvořάk, Verdi, Bernstein, Kern and Gilbert and Sullivan.

On December 14, the Choral Society is planning a community-based Christmas music event with the Barbby Road Academy choir, in St Giles Church, Balderton.

The evening will feature a carol specially composed for Newark Choral Society by Phillip Spratley, who is an Ex-Magnusian and was once organist at St Giles.”

“I look forward to welcoming back all singers who want to be part of Newark Choral Society, especially basses of which we do need more,” said Mr Wilson.

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