Choral Society to perform rare piece

Doncaster Choral Society, under the direction of its newly appointed conductor Dr Simon Lindley, present Handel’s spectacular, dramatic and rarely-heard oratorio Samson on Saturday, March 12, at 7.30pm at Doncaster’s Priory Place Methodist Church.

The performance features a galaxy of talented vocal soloists, Debra Morley, Kathryn Woodruff, Adam Magee, Quentin Brown and Philip Wilcox accompanied by the acclaimed National Festival Orchestra.

Handel began the composition of Samson immediately after completing Messiah in September 1741.

The premiere was given at Covent Garden in February 1743 and, immediately became a great success. Samson retained its popularity throughout Handel’s lifetime and has never fallen entirely out of favour since.

Tickets £10 each (concessions £8 and students £2), available from the ticket secretary, Mrs Jean Nevett. Telephone (01302) 856035.

Alternatively, Tourist Information, High Street, Doncaster, telephone (01302) 734309. More information at www.doncasterchoralsociety.org.uk.