The Kowhai Singers rehearsing Handel’s Messiah.
A masterpiece by Handel will be performed by two groups of singers at Warkworth Town Hall to celebrate the venue’s reopening after renovations.
On stage will be Kowhai Singers and Matakana choir Matakantata, as well as a concert organist and an instrumental ensemble of 11 players.
The soprano will be Jayne Tankersley with Beverley Hicks as alto. Iain Tetley will sing tenor and the bassist is Chalium Poppy.
The two concerts will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, starting at 4pm.
The performances will be the musical director and conductor Peter Cammell’s swansong after 21 years with the Kowhai Singers.
“There will be about 70 voices and a small orchestra for this well-known work,” treasurer Elizabeth Clark says.
“People will also be treated to four of the best soloists in New Zealand.
“I have been singing Handel’s Messiah for too long to remember. It’s one of the major oratorios and one of the most familiar to audiences. It’s something that everyone really should hear.”
Admission is $30 with $5 entry for school children. Tickets are available from Maria’s Florist and Not Just Hats in Warkworth, the Gull Service Station in Matakana and on the door.