Melton Mowbray Choral Society will give its much anticipated first recital this Saturday at St Mary’s Church (7.30pm).
The newly formed group was the idea of James Gutteridge, musical director at St Mary’s, who takes up the baton from one his most illustrious predecessors, Malcolm Sargent.
The 38-strong choir, accompanied by organist Simon Headley, will present Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace and Vivaldi’s Gloria plus a medley from Les Miserables and a selection of Simon and Garfunkel songs.
Julie Gamble, secretary of the choral society, said: “It’s been sounding great in rehearsal and we’re all very excited about the concert. The acoustics of St Mary’s are just wonderful.
“After this concert we’re looking forward to performing Handel’s Messiah at Christmas and do a couple of carol concerts at Burton Lazars and Frisby.
“Next year we plan to put together a programme of Music for Royal Occasions to be performed in June.”
Tickets for Saturday’s concert cost £6.50 (concessions £6) and are available from Icon Music, the Samworth Centre, by calling (01664) 503520 or on the door. Half the proceeds will go to St Mary’s Church.
Anyone interested in joining the choral society, particularly tenors and basses, should call Julie on (01664) 560536. You don’t have to be able to read music to join as you can learn by ear and people of all ages are welcome.