Final rehearsals are well underway for next week’s Christmas Concert by King’s Lynn Festival Chorus, as the choir prepare to fill Lynn Minster to the rafters with this year’s festive offering.
Taking place on December 13, this year’s concert will see the choir performing parts of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in English with the narrative being spoken by Andrew Haig, a former chaplain at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Andrew, who is a bass singer in the Chorus, has adapted the words from the arias and recitatives of Bach’s work so that the whole work, which is in six parts and usually performed over several days at Christmas, will be performed in one evening.
Marian Abramovich, of the Chorus, said: “Who can fail to be inspired by the glorious chorales and cantatas of this wonderful work and come away from the performance feeling uplifted and in the best spirits of the festive season?”
Inviting audiences to an uplifting evening in the Minster, with some moving and joyous pieces from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. The Oratorio tells the Christmas story and contains many instantly recognisable chorals and choruses.
For this performance, music director Tom Appleton has chosen a selection which includes some of the better known pieces.
Bach will be followed by a new piece written for the Chorus by local composer Lewis Wolstanholme. There will also be well-known carols and plenty of opportunities for you to join us in singing them.
Marion added: “Also on the programme are favourite carols, some to be sung with the audience, and a especially composed work by local young musician Lewis Wostanholme. Until last year Lewis was a pupil at Springwood High School and is now studying at Goldsmiths College London.
“As usual, our Christmas Concert promises to offer a wonderful evening to get your festive season started.”
Following audience requests, the Chorus have brought forward the start of the concert to 5pm, join them straight after finishing your Christmas shopping.
King’s Lynn Festival Chorus will be performing at Lynn Minster on December 13, tickets are available from Lynn Corn Exchange Box Office for £15, £10 and £5 for under 18’s. They are also available on the door.
Find out more by going to www.kingslynnfestivalchorus.co.uk