Workshop gives people chance to sing with big choir

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SHOREHAM Oratorio Choir is holding a second Come and Sing workshop day at St Mary de Haura Church on Saturday.

People are invited to join choir members to learn Vivaldi’s Gloria, one of the most well-known pieces of choral music ever written, from scratch.

Choir member Brian Hills said: “Within the space of three hours, under the guidance of Tony Allen, the music director, the assembled group will be taken through the work stage-by-stage, so that at 4pm, a performance can be given to family, friends and members of the public.

“If you always wanted to sing but have never been part of a big choir and felt the uplifting effect of beautiful choral music, this is your chance.

“No audition is required, just the willingness to enjoy singing this beautiful music, although it would be helpful if you knew beforehand whether you sang as a soprano, alto, tenor or bass.

“The whole work lasts close to 30 minutes, so a lot of effort is need to cover everything within such a short space of time. As an added challenge, it is worth remembering that like many choral works, this piece was written in Latin.

“It is also hoped to include a shorter piece based on the iconic poem In Flanders Fields.”

Professional soloists will link the 11 parts in Goria.

Registration is at 11am, costing £5. Music scores will be distributed and the singing will start at 11.30am, with a break from 1pm to 2pm.

Mr Hills added: “It is hoped that some of those that accept the challenge will want to go further and learn more.

“The same piece will form part of the choir’s Christmas Concert, which will also be at St Mary’s on December 13, when another of Vivaldi’s choral works, Magnificat, will also be performed, along with several carols.”

Visit www.shoreham-oratorio-choir.co.uk for more information.