Budding singers and music lovers from across the region are coming together to rehearse and then perform excerpts from G F Handel's famous oratorio Messiah on Sunday 10 December.

Budding singers and music lovers from across the region are coming together to rehearse and then perform excerpts from G F Handel's famous oratorio Messiah on Sunday 10 December.  This will take place at the Central Hall, Grimsby, to raise money for St Andrew's Hospice.

Even singers with little experience will take part at the Central Hall on Duncombe Street in Grimsby, where they will rehearse for 90 minutes, before taking on the composition in front of the audience.

They will be led by Chorus Master Susan Hollingsworth who has led performances of the Hallelujah chorus in Glasgow and London for the BBC.

She said: "There's a real community aspect of taking part in this choir. Messiah is a fantastic piece of work and performing it as part of a big choir will be thrilling," Susan said.

"It's also about raising money for the hospice and the Grimsby Central Hall Trust.

"The Grimsby Philharmonic Society is one of the oldest choral societies in the country and it's a strong part of the cultural aspect of the town.

"It's also been a real mover and shaker nationally because it's had singers like Peter Pears and Kathleen Ferrier, who is often regarded as one of the greatest contralto singers this country has produced."

Singers will be joined by four renowned soloists for the performance, Claire What, Olivia Warburton, David Watkin Holmes and Stephen Holloway – each one giving up their time to help raise money for the chosen charities.

Susan added: "Grimsby Philharmonic Society is truly inter-generational; our youngest member is 17. It's not just a lot of old people having a go!"

With over 80 singers already in place, organisers are looking for a big crowd to cheer them on. Tickets are available directly from Grimsby Central Hall or on their website www.grimsbycentralhall.org priced £10 per person. Spectators are asked to arrive for 3pm.

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