Voices unite in festive feast

Crowd at Shipston Victorian evening NNL-140912-141130001
Crowd at Shipston Victorian evening NNL-140912-141130001

The people of Shipston-on-Stour will be getting into the festive mood this Saturday evening as Stour Singers present a ‘Feast of Music for Christmas’.

In a prelude to their anniversary year, which will see the group celebrate 40 years of music making in South Warwickshire, the annual concert promises a night of musical delights.

Featuring music by Joseph and Michael Haydn, as well as Laudate Dominum from Mozart’s Vespers and a rarely performed motet from organist Buxtehude, the line-up is rich with variety and guarantees something for everyone. The annual concert brings together an experienced 70 strong choir, led by their musical director Richard Emms.

Audience members will also be treated to performances from the Cherwell Orchestra, leaderNancy Taylor and soprano soloist Elizabeth Skinner.

Skinner, who is currently studying for a Masters in performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, is already recognised as an accomplished soloist, having had key roles in productions of Don Giovanni and La Clemenza di Tito.

As in previous years, a whole host of well-loved Christmas carols are also included in the concert’s running order.

The choir will sing traditional carols in arrangements by various 20th Century composers.

Being a community event, audience members will be encouraged to join in with treasured favourites such as Away in a Manger, O Come all ye Faithful and Ding Dong Merrily on High.

The concert will take place in St Edmunds Church, Shipston-on-Stour on Saturday, December 13, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12.50 in advance from Clarks electrical shop in Shipston or on the door.