Thursday, 1 October 2009

Sing to save Christ Church

England Sings to Save Historic Churches At Risk

Christ Church, Macclesfield, commissioned in 1776 by a famous local industrialist Charles Roe, is throwing open its doors and its history as it joins with other historic churches at risk across England in a unique public singing event over the weekend of 3 – 4 October.

Called Birthday Song, the weekend sees 40 choirs performing in 40 of the most nationally significant historic churches cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust, celebrating the charity’s 40th birthday by providing local people with a unique opportunity to rediscover these magnificent buildings, including Christ Church.

The Churches Conservation Trust is the national charity protecting England’s historic churches at risk. These are the most significant historic churches which are no longer needed for regular worship. Birthday Song enables people to discover the joy these ancient churches can bring and find out how they can be saved for future generations through contemporary community use.

For Christ Church The Manchester Chorale have taken the 40th anniversary theme and will lead a workshop focusing on Thomas Tallis’ iconic choral work, Spem in Alium, composed for 40 independent voices. Beginning at 2pm on 3rd October, the workshop will be followed by an informal concert at 5pm with a spectacular performance of Spem in Alium and current repertoire highlights from Manchester Chorale. Cost: workshop £10 (£5 for concessions), concert free of charge.

Please register in advance by contacting

Oct 3

2pm workshop £10/£5

5pm performance Spem in Alium free

Christ Church Macclesfield

photograph courtesy Steve Thornhill. View his and other's pictures of Macclesfield by going to the Flickr Link below, right.

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