A Weekend of ‘Messiah’ at St Peter’s

Alleluia – Thank you!

65 singers from choirs across Leicester and Leicestershire, the Knighton Chamber Orchestra and four soloists, former Leicester University students, were conducted by Dr. Paul Jenkins. The audience in the almost full church were mesmerised by the beauty and volume of the music which resonated outside to nearby residents.

The performance completes the National Lottery Heritage Activities for the grant work to repair the roofs as well as raising £3,252.85 and after expenses, £1,403.64 for St. Peter’s (much better than William Hanbury did—he couldn’t afford to pay the orchestra!) 

Thanks to all who gave their support especially the volunteers from the PCC for preparing the church and at the concert, and Roz Folwell for her leadership and commitment to the event.

Barry Barnes, Secretary to the PCC of Church Langton.

  • 'Messiah' 2022, St Peter's Church Langton
  • 'Messiah' 2022, St Peter's Church Langton
  • 'Messiah' 2022, St Peter's Church Langton
  • 'Messiah' 2022, St Peter's Church Langton

The programme is still available to download as a souvenir, if you wish, see below.


A Weekend of ‘Messiah’ at St Peter’s

Alleluia – Thank you!

A wonderful weekend of Messiah at St Peter’s – There are more photos and news to follow, but briefly, we wanted to thank everyone who came, all who sang, those who played and those who organised and directed. What an experience!

Firstly, our thanks go to Neil Crutchley for his talk on Friday evening, which set the scene of the first and unique performance in 1759.

On Saturday, The Knighton Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Dr Paul Jenkins with the Community Choir and soloists Rebecca Madden Soprano, Alice Chamber Alto, Brennan Alleyne Tenor and Andrew Radford Baritone raised the roof in an exhilarating performance of the full oratorio. Thanks to all – Alleluia!

Soloists at Messiah, St Peter’s Church Langton, Saturday 14th May, 2022

The programme is still available to download as a souvenir, if you wish, see below.


A Weekend of ‘Messiah’ at St Peter’s

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May

Come and enjoy Messiah!

7.30pm – Doors open from 6.45pm

The Messiah was performed in an English parish church for the first time in 1759. It was held in St Peter’s church in the small hamlet of Church Langton in rural Leicestershire. The event was so popular, it caused traffic jams and filled every inn, in the area!

This weekend gives you the chance to find out how this unique performance came to be and why St. Peter’s was chosen – and then to enjoy a performance of the oratorio itself by The Knighton Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Dr Paul Jenkins with the Community Choir – Join in either as a member of the audience or as part of the Community Choir.

Neil Crutchley Talk

The celebration begins with an illustrated talk by Neil Crutchley (former Leicester Mercury’s ‘Mr. Leicester’ columnist)

Friday 13th May at 7.30pm

Tickets £8 on the door, £5 with concert ticket

Come and sing Messiah

Experienced singers may join the Community Choir, in the afternoon from 2pm, in advance of the performance in the evening.

Saturday 14th May, 2pm – 5pm rehearsal – 7.30pm full performance
£5 to sing

On Saturday 14th May, 7.30pm, the full performance, featuring the Knighton Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Dr Paul Jenkins and the Community Choir. Tickets £15.

Book now

Book now by email maxinejohnson.1@btinternet.com / or Tel: 01858 545160 or complete the simple form below, stating the number of tickets required for each event and if you would like to join the Community Choir.


Please note: There are no toilet facilities inside church, but car parking and toilet facilities available at Langton Community Hall approx five minutes walk from church

Access

Limited wheelchair access – please advise us if you are a wheelchair user, so we can assist entry to the building.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local and national government guidelines at the time of the festival. Please do not attend if anyone in your family is exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms.

Directions

Find us just off the B6047 Market Harborough to Melton Road, 3 miles from Kibworth, 6 miles from Market Harborough. Postcode for satellite navigation systems LE16 7SZ
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