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  • Sun 16 Dec ’12, 2:00pm – 3:30pm


St Mary's Pro Cathedral, 373 Manchester St, Christchurch


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $20.00
  • Concession: $15.00

Handel’s Messiah, presented by CBS Music.

Soloists will be soprano Helen Charlton, alto Ruth Reid, tenor Wally Enright and bass Julien Van Mallaerts, a young Dunedin singer who is proving an exciting new talent. The Cathedral Orchestra will be led by David Williams, with continuo accompaniment by Ellen Doyle and Michael Lawrence. Don Whelan will direct the performance.

This annual Christmas performance has continued to attract a substantial audience. Messiah has also proved a popular choice on the group’s four European tours, and its concerts throughout the Americas. Since the designation of St Mary’s Church, Manchester St, as the new Christchurch Pro-Cathedral, the spacious and resonant church has proved an excellent venue for concerts and an inspired location to sustain the varied repertoire of the regular cathedral music programme.

Next year’s CBS programme includes several Christchurch concerts including the Bach St John Passion on Good Friday, and another Christmas Messiah. Following a recent successful tour to Asia, planning has begun for a visit to Australia next year, during the October school holidays. Supporters will be welcome to join the auditioned CBS choir and orchestra.

New members are welcome to join the cathedral choir, which rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm in the Boys’ High School music suite. Scholarships are available to tertiary and senior school students, together with leader/soloist positions. Sight reading ability is expected. Those interested should contact the musical director, Don Whelan, ph. 358 5873.

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