On Sunday the 2nd April, The Alresford Community Choir accompanied by The Hanover Band performed Handel’s ‘Messiah’ at St Swithuns School in Winchester.

The highly-reviewed concert truly wowed the audience claiming a lengthy standing ovation and has wowed us by raising over £3,000 for The Murray Parish Trust’s #2MillionSteps appeal!

Alresford Community Choir chose to donate to The Murray Parish Trust #2MillionSteps Appeal because as part of their Constitution remit they strive to support local community charities through proceeds from performances, and this year they could think of no better local charity than The Murray Parish Trust.

“We want to make a difference to the lives of our local Alresford community and being part of The Murray Parish Trust #2MillionSteps Appeal, a nationwide campaign to raise £2 million in 2 years would give us the opportunity to help not only our local community but also make a difference to the lives of critically ill children across the whole of the South of England too.” – A.C.C.

“The performance of Alresford Community Choir matched that of the professional soloists and orchestra in all respects. This was a fresh and vital performance of which every member of the choir, and its director, should all be proud. The audience of 400 showed its appreciation with a well-deserved five-minute standing ovation. “– Geoff Buss, A.C.C. Publicity Officer

“Triumphant Messiah tonight with Alresford Community Choir and Hanover Band. Great soloists. Congratulations to conductor Keith Clark and all” – The Mayor of Winchester (Twitter)

We would like to say a tremendous thank you to all members of the choir, The Hanover Band (including soloists Erica Eloff, Amy Williamson, William Wallace and Ed Hawkins) and everyone who attended this exceptional performance.

Special thanks also to sponsors of the event CitadelSix Custom Design, Andrew Smith & Sons Fine Art Auctioneers and Clever Touch Marketing.

Joining several other Hampshire organisations and businesses the funds raised by the Alresford Community Choir will be doubled through the Barker-Mill Foundation and Daily Echo #MatchMyMoney campaign.

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