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Newark Choral Society joined by Barnby Road Academy choir and former Magnus Grammar School pupil for evening of specially composed Christmas music

Past and present Newark pupils are to come together for a choral society’s evening of Christmas music.

Newark Choral Society will be joined by the Barnby Road Academy choir for its festive concert, and will feature a special composition by a former pupil of the Magnus School.

Free to enter, the concert will be held on Tuesday, December 14, at St Giles Church, Balderton, and will be directed by Robert-John Edwards and Libby Wyatt with Mike Dutton accompanying on the organ.

St Giles Church, Balderton.
St Giles Church, Balderton.

The programme will include a new carol ‘Thou Holy Child of Bethlehem’ composed by one of its members, three arrangements ‘I sing of a maiden’, ‘Cantique de Noel’ and ‘Silent night’ by conductor Robert-John Edwards and an arrangement of ‘The Cherry Tree Carol’ by former Magnus pupil Philip Spratley, specially composed for Newark Choral Society.

A second descant for ‘O, come all ye faithful’ and one carol by John Rutter will also be performed.

Chairman Mike Wilson said: “Philip Spratley is a former pupil of the Magnus Grammar School who used to play the organ at St Giles Church. After re-establishing our friendship last Christmas, he offered to specially compose a carol for the society, and I am delighted that we will be singing Philip’s arrangement of ‘The Cherry Tree Carol’.

“Then out of the blue, Terry Searle, one of our tenors, brought his composition ‘Thou Holy Child of Bethlehem’ for the choir to sing and we are again delighted to do so. Newark Choral Society is also fortunate to have a talented composer as its music director so we have included three of his works plus a second descant for ‘O, come all ye faithful’ which will be a unique feature of the concert.

“Barnby Road Academy choir will be performing numbers from its vast repertoire, and I am looking forward to singing ‘Away in a manger’ and others with the boys and girls.”

Caroline Sharpe will make a guest appearance singing various solo parts as well as joining in the descants.

There will be a retiring collection in aid of the Emmaus Trust.

Mr Wilson added: “I do hope there will be a good sized audience to hear and enjoy the children and adults performing Christmas music, then being generous in support of the Emmaus Trust the local charity helping homeless young people especially at this season of goodwill.”

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