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Newcastle University Choir in fine voice again


The Newcastle University Choir will revel in its return to the stage next month with its first concert in two years.

The gifted vocalists are set to present Handel’s masterpiece and the world’s most-loved choral work, Messiah, at Newcastle City Hall on Saturday 9 April from 2.30pm.

Joining the choir, artistic director Dr Christopher Allan and Christ Church Camerata orchestra will be soprano Anna Sandström, alto Nicole Smeulders, tenor Brad Cooper and bass Andrew O’Connor.

“We’ve been in recess since 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions, but rehearsals continued online for many months,” Newcastle University Choir vice-president Ross Newman said.

“Meanwhile, it was proposed to City of Newcastle that our first performance when constraints were lifted should be in the form of a celebration for the city and region.

“Consequently, the concert is being proudly supported by council.”

Newman said Messiah told the story of the birth and passion of Jesus Christ.

“This performance will be almost exactly 280 years to the day since it was first performed at Easter in Dublin in 1742,” he explained.

“Its most famous movement, the Hallelujah Chorus, is instantly recognisable as one of the most inspirational choral works ever written.

“So, this oratorio is apt for our timely reappearance.”

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