Summer concert for Fakenham Choral Society

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Fakenham Choral Society has a spectacular summer concert planned which definitely should not be missed.

It’s rare for a choir to have the opportunity to perform a piece with the composer present, but FCS will do just that on Saturday at St Nicholas Church, Wells-next-the-Sea.

The choir will be singing Will Todd’s amazing Mass in Blue, accompanied by Todd himself with his jazz trio.

The work, first performed in 2003, is the Latin Mass set to jazz and, once heard, never forgotten. “It represents,” says Will, “a conscious collision of two musical genres which have been a central part of my artistic life for many years: sacred choral music and jazz.” 

The concert, led by musical director Janet Kelsey, is entitled All That Jazz and will feature in the first half jazz standards and songs from the shows, including highlights from Les Miserables and South Pacific, with Mass in Blue in part two.

Special guests, in addition to Will Todd, will be the soprano Lorna James, who has wowed audiences with her appearances with Opera North in Leeds, and alto saxophonist Jimmy Jefford, who plays with the National Youth Wind Band and the National Youth Jazz Collective.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £12 (under 18s free) and are available from 01328 830639 or on the door.

FCS was founded in 1973 and today is led with great enthusiasm, expertise and flair by musical director Janet Kelsey.

The choir has around 2,100 members, with weekly rehearsals held at Fakenham Salvation Army Hall. They give a minimum of three concerts a year.