Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society will mark its 50th anniversary with a spring concert

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Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society are about to present their annual spring concert, celebrating their 50th anniversary.

The event will take place at Burnham Roman Catholic Church in Highbridge Road on Saturday April 30 at 7.30pm where Handel’s coronation hymns and Dettingen’s Te Deum will be performed.

Spokeswoman Julie Skinner said: “We will have two professional soloists joining us this year – Anthony Mansfield and Charlotte Sleet.”

“Anthony began his musical training as a chorister at Hereford Cathedral. In 2012 he was appointed Choral Scholar on a gap year at Hereford Cathedral, then the following year he held the same position at Exeter Cathedral. Since returning to his home town of Hereford, he has accepted a lay internship in the cathedral choir. Highlights of his singing career were singing JS Bach’s arrangements of the St. John Passion and the Christmas Oratorio and singing for His Holiness Pope Francis while on tour in Rome.

“Hereford-based mezzo soprano Charlotte Sleet enjoys a busy freelance career, combining ensemble singing with solo engagements and teaching across the UK. Recent engagements include Duruflé Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Handel Messiah with the English Sinfonia and live broadcasts with the BBC.

“A much in demand concert singer, Charlotte has recently performed with the BBC Singers, Papagena and was a young vocal artist at the Southwell Music Festival. Charlotte graduated with first class honors from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, during which time she was a winner of the Lieder and English Song Prizes.

“After completing a postgraduate scholarship in choir at Hereford Cathedral, she was appointed assistant lay clerk there, the first female appointment to each of these roles in their respective histories. Charlotte continued her studies privately with Louise Crane and James Platt.

The choir will also be joined by an orchestral ensemble of 15 professional musicians, including percussion.

Tickets are priced at £10 and £7 for children. They are available from: Coffee, Cake & Curtains in Burnham’s Victoria Street, Sopha in Church Street, Highbridge, plus members, and via www.burnhamandhighbridgechoral.org.uk. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, but best to get them early to avoid disappointment.

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