Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Messiah back for director’s debut

For their first concert in 2015, at which music director Roy Raby will make his debut, Pangbourne Choral Society

For their first concert in 2015, at which music director Roy Raby will make his debut, Pangbourne Choral Society will perform Handel’s Messiah for the first time since 2003. The concert will take place on Saturday, starting at 7pm in the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel.

Roy Raby was appointed Director of Music at Pangbourne College in September 2014, having previously been Head of Academic Music at Cheltenham Ladies’ College.

He said: “As a performer I am known for my eclectic musical taste; equally at ease as a specialist in early music or performing pioneering contemporary music. I look forward to sharing my passion for and love of music in all its many guises with choir members and audiences alike. And where better place to start than with the Messiah?”

This concert will also see the debut of four soloists: Hannah Davey (soprano), David Allsop (countertenor), David Webb (tenor) and Stephen Parham-Connolly (bass). All have distinguished international careers and share Roy Raby’s love for “music in all its guises”.

The Southern Sinfonia Orchestra will be performing on baroque instruments.



Tickets for Messiah cost £15 including programme and concessions and are available online at www.pangbournechoral.org.uk, at Garlands Organic Shop, 6 Reading Road, Pangbourne, via PCS members or on the door. Early booking is advised as Pangbourne Choral Society concerts are in high demand and usually sell out fast.

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