A rousing performance


MUSIC lovers of all ages packed into a Whitby church on Saturday for a special performance of a classical masterpiece.

The re-scheduled production of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio was held at St Hilda’s Church on the West Cliff.

It was last performed by the chorus in December 1998 when there were similar weather conditions resulting in an incomplete chorus and orchestra and a reduced audience.

This time around the church was filled with a large audience which included guests, borough mayor and mayoress Hazel Lynskey and Sheila Kettlewell and Whitby mayor Terry Jennison and his wife Barbara.

Secretary Ernie Marsden said: “All those present were confronted by a large gathering of musicians, which latter included four soloists, a harpsichord and such rare and exotic instruments as two cor anglaises and three prominent piccolo trumpets in addition to a large conventional symphony orchestra which was led by Tony Mason and conducted by Stephen Maltby.”

St Hilda’s Festival Chorus is now starting work on two joint performances of Handel’s Messiah in April with Guisborough Choral Society.

Anyone interested in taking part will be welcome and is asked to call conductor Steve Maltby on (01947) 841000 or Guisborough Choral Society on (01947) 660440.