|Friday 20th Dec 2019 7:30 p.m.|
|With Ashton Brass Band|
|Oldham Parish Church|
A celebration of Christmas with seasonal favourites for choir and audience. Accompaniment and solo items from the celebrated Ashton Brass Band.
|This Christmas concert with Aston Band was a very well received by a capacity audience of 320. Click here to view the concert programme which contains further information.
The following review titled “Choral Society shine in Christmas showpiece” was published in the Oldham Chronicle.
Oldham Parish Church witnessed a wonderful carol concert. Oldham Parish Church was warm and sparkled for the Oldham Choral Society carol concert.
Nigel Wilkinson directed the choir of 80 singers, accompanied by Angela Lloyd Mostyn on keyboard.
Their guests were the Ashton Band directed by Philip Chalk.
The concert got off to a rousing start with everyone singing ‘O come all ye faithful’ accompanied by the band.
Then the format was two items from the choir followed by two from the band and then a carol for everyone to sing.
This pattern was followed three times and the concert concluded with a splendid ‘Hark the herald Angels Sing’.
The choir were in good voice and their cappella rendering of ‘Hail Smiling Morn’ and ‘Ding dong merrily on high’ were particularly enjoyable.
Other outstanding performances were ‘Away in a Manger’, with Rachel Dine playing a beautiful Flugelhorn solo, and ‘Walking in the Air’ when the band played with great sensitivity.
There was a collection for Real Change Oldham, an organisation which supports local people who are homeless, and over £500 was raised.
Tickets £7.50 (£1 for schoolchildren) were available from members of the choir, the OCS ticket secretary on 0161 797 3583 or at the door.