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Singfest Finale

May 20, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Free - £10.00
Our showpiece, a performance by the youngest singers in Berwick, followed by the world premiere of True Thomas, with a star-studded cast.

This is the final event of Berwick Singfest! – a celebration of singing.

Part I

En Miniature: an exciting and varied programme, in styles to suit all tastes, of small groups and soloists, including a Young Children’s Choir for ages 4—10, run by Young Singing Leaders , aged 13 –18 from across Berwick and the Borders, and a Young People’s Choir from top young singers aged 11-18 taken from 6 schools in Berwick and the Borders.

Also showcasing other local talent from across Berwick and the Borders: the Border Tarts with their a capella charms,and soloists Rachel Dyson, Tamsin Davison, Cameron Robertson, and Cyril Young.

Part II

En Masse: a specially commissioned work – True Thomas – from local composer and talented musician Chris Achenbach for a Massed Community Choir – drawn from the rich heritage of community choirs and singers from across Berwick and the Borders and further afield – soloists Paul Castledine as Thomas the Rhymer and Holly Beckmyer as the Queen of the Fairies, accompanied by the Earl Grey Saxes and percussionist Finlay McDermid

True Thomas (2023) is a new, large-scale composition, specially commissioned for this event. It is scored for adult and youth choirs, soloists and instrumental ensemble. It is based around the ancient Borders ballad of Thomas the Rhymer , featuring Borders songs such as Ca’ the Yowes, and The Broom of the Cowdenknowes, as well as a fresh treatment of the relationship between Thomas and the Queen of the Fairies.

There is no need to bring your ticket, as we will have a record of your booking. If you have bought a Singfest! Patron ticket, please register for this concert, so we can reserve you a place.

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May 20, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free - £10.00


Berwick Parish Church
Berwick-upon-Tweed, England TD15 1DF United Kingdom