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Amigos choir goes for The Big One

Whether or not the religious aspect of Christmas is important to you, it is undeniable that most of the finest composers of all times have produced some of their best work in celebration of the festival. Having thoroughly enjoyed tackling the major work of Vivaldi’s Gloria earlier this year, the Amigos do Museu Choir is going for The Big One this Christmas – Handel’s Messiah, which has to be the favourite of all the Christmas oratorios.

The choir is not tackling the whole of The Messiah, since this would leave very little room for other music, but audiences will be sure to enjoy three of the most popular choral sections of The Messiah. As usual, music by the Amigos choir varies widely in both language and time, and includes Portuguese, French, German and English songs, from medieval to modern.

Diane Cantillon Ings from the choir said: “Full of enthusiasm and joy, the pieces are so well known and have such lively tunes that a good proportion of the audience will probably be able to hum along if the spirit takes them.

“A regular aspect of the concert in the Museum of São Brás is the part where the audience is invited not only to hum along, but sing as lustily as they feel inclined. Popular Christmas carols and songsheets with the words will ensure that you have every opportunity to join in the celebration. And if you really enjoy singing along, why not join the choir itself next year?”

December 9, Igreja Matriz, São Brás, 9pm. Entrance free, donations welcome.
December 10, Museum São Brás, 6pm. Tickets €5.
December 17, Igreja da Misericórdia, Tavira, 6pm. Tickets €5.

For more information or to reserve tickets, email [email protected]