Press Release: Chance to Sing at Festival

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The 11th Annual Prescot Festival invites singers from all over the region to ‘Come & Sing’ one of the 21st century’s most iconic choral works.

Prescot Festival Chorus performs The Armed Man on Saturday 20 June, with James Luxton of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral conducting.

Subtitled A Mass for Peace, the piece was written by Karl Jenkins in 1999 as a call for an end to war at the dawn of the new millennium.

The movement ‘Benedictus’ recently found even wider fame when Welsh choir Ysgol Glanaethwy sang it on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

“We’ve been privileged to welcome 100 sopranos, altos, tenors and basses to join the chorus in previous festivals,” said Artistic Director Dr Robert Howard, “and we’re aiming for even more at this year’s concert.”

Those who aren’t quite as confident holding a note but nevertheless love a good singalong will enjoy the Proms-style finale on Sunday 28 June.

South Liverpool Orchestra will lead the audience in several patriotic favourites, including Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory, and the evening also features guest soloist Hannah Mackenzie playing Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto.

Other opportunities to get involved include the 2015 Short Story Competition, which closes on 31 May. Entrants this year are invited to write on the subject of ‘treasure.’

The 11th Annual Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts runs from Friday 19 to Sunday 28 June 2015.

Tickets go on sale on 1 May, and more details, including the full programme, are online at www.prescotfestival.co.uk.

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