Choirs to combine into 100 Voices

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by Greta Yeoman

More than 100 vocalists are set to sing in St Mary’s Church on September 1.

Organised by Berry Mitchell, the 100 Voices concert will involve four choirs from around Timaru singing individual pieces and four mass items.

Mr Berry, who is part of the Midland Masonic Male Choir, was inspired to organise a mass choir event after being part of a large choir singing Handel’s Messiah several years ago.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being in a big choir.”

The Midland Masonic Male Choir will be joined by InHarmony, the Timaru District Choir and the Rhyth-Mix Singers for the performance – equalling 100 voices – or more “if everyone turns up”, Mr Berry said.

He was “absolutely delighted” the four choirs were taking part.

“I think it will be a wonderful experience.”

The concert would begin with the four choirs singing two mass items, followed by three performances by each choir, and then two other mass pieces.

Each of the four choir’s musical directors – Allan Kerr from Midland Masonic, Di Cleverley from InHarmony, Rhyth-Mix’s Glenys Carson and Margaret van Ginkel of the Timaru District Choir – would conduct one of the mass items. One of the mass pieces would be a performance of the “Hallelujah Chorus”Messiah, featuring John Hargraves on the organ.

The concert will begin at 2pm on Sunday, September 1, at St Mary’s Church on Church St, Timaru. Proceeds from the show – there is a $10 door entry (cash only) – will go to the Canterbury/West Coast Westpac rescue helicopter.