Mass choir for Messiah

By Rosie Saban

Friday, December 28, 2012


Mass choir for Messiah

Full pews for the turn up and sing Messiah at Newport Minster. Picture by Robin Crossley.

MUSIC A LARGE crowd went to Newport Minster to take part in a Messiah sing-a-long.

With 30 onlookers, around 110 people participated in a rendition of Handel’s masterful choral classic.

Singers were joined by an orchestra assembled mostly from the Island, with some soloists coming from as far as London and Brighton to take part.

The event has become a Christmas tradition, run now for nearly two decades.

It is so successful it had to be relocated from its previous venue at the Quay Arts Centre as there were too many people wanting to take part.

The event was not rehearsed and organiser Bob Johnson said: " There were no mistakes, we are getting better every year.

"It went off like a bomb."

Mr Johnson praised Philip Fryer for his role as conductor and programme organiser, describing him as the key to the event.

While the piece has a religious meaning, Mr Johnson said it could be enjoyed by everyone as the most prominent theme was that of peace.

There was no charge to participate but a collection raised £50 to be donated to the IW Foodbank.

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