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The Messiah Appears Early In Hull
Andrew Liddle, Features Writer
Messiah 2017 - Hull Choral Union
Yuletide is starting early in the King’s Town with Hull Choral Union presenting a Candlelight Messiah, their contribution to Hull Minster's Christmas 2018 celebrations. The choir and the Hull Choral Union Orchestra, conducted by Paul Dewhurst, will be joined by some eminent soloists.

Paul Dewhurst, of course, needs no introduction, being the highly popular Chorus Master of the Hull Choral Union as well as conducting the Wakefield Festival Chorus, and being Organist and Director of Music of Leeds Minster.

Soprano Gabrielle Awre was a chorister for eight years in Holy Angels, Hale, where she returned in 2000 to perform the Messiah with the Stockport Symphony Orchestra. A regular soloist with the Middlesbrough Diocesan Choir, her choral repertoire includes Haydn’s Creation, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s St John Passion, Faure’s Requiem, and Britten’s ‘Rejoice in the Lamb’.

Adam Poplica, alto, began at an early age as a chorister in Leeds Parish Church Choir under Dr Simon Lindley, before becoming a Choral scholar in Leicester Cathedral Choir. A co-founder of the Ascension Singers, a 5-part early music quintet, he has performed internationally, in London, Tokyo, Venice, Münster, and Paris. His recent solo performances include the Alto arias in Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St John’s Passion. He performs regularly with the Ebor Singers in York.

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James Harvey, tenor, trained at the Royal Academy of Music where in a prize-winning performance he took the role of Tamino. He has previously sung with the City of London Choir and is currently a choral scholar with Leeds Minster Choir.

An experienced soloist, James Gaughan, baritone, specialises in the concert and song repertoire. His solo performances include Cantata 140 (Bach) with Horsforth Choral Society, Crucifixion (Stainer) with Howden Minster Choir, Elijah (Mendelssohn) with Cleckheaton Methodist Church Choir, Israel in Egypt (Handel) with St Hilda’s Festival Chorus and Scarborough Choral Society, Paukenmesse (Haydn) with St Hilda’s Festival Chorus and Requiem (Brahms) with South Bank Singers in York.

Tickets costing £12 for Adults, with concessions for jobseekers and students in higher Education, are available from www.hullboxoffice.com or 01482 22111, or can be bought on the door.

Candlelight Messiah is performed by the Hull Choral Union, in the Hull Minster, at 7.30 pm on Saturday 17th November, 2018

The Messiah Appears Early In Hull, 8th November 2018, 12:57 PM