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Handel’s “Messiah” Is back in Ilkley

On Saturday 17th December, Ilkley and Otley Choral Societies are performing Handel’s “Messiah “ for the first time in three years. The performance will take place in St. Margaret’s Church on Queens Road starting at 7pm.

A spokesperson said: “The Choral Societies are delighted that we are singing this wonderful oratorio again in Ilkley and we hope that it will get your Christmas off to a magical start.

“The choirs will be accompanied by the superb Yorkshire Chamber Orchestra with leader, Sally Robinson, and the harpsichord and organ will be played by Ilkley Choral Society’s accompanist, the highly talented Robert Sudall. Our young soloists will be Catriona Hewitson (sop), Beth Mackay (a), Joseph Doody (ten) and Matthew Palmer (bass) The orotaria will be conducted by the Societies’ brilliant conductor, Jennifer Sterling.

“Although “Messiah” is not exclusively about the Christmas story , you can’t live in or visit Yorkshire without hearing it at this festive season . Christmas is not Christmas without the “Messiah”, especially in these parts.

“As we expect a sell-out for this ever popular concert, you are advised to obtain your tickets well in advance .”

Tickets are priced £16, which includes a programme and an interval drink. Concession £5 for full-time students and school children .

Tickets are available online via, The Grove Bookshop, Brown’s Art Gallery, Otley (cash only), from choir members, by phone on 01943 430298/ 07598532008 and on the door.


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