Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church hosts festival

Jim Sharrock conducts the chorus.

Jim Sharrock conducts the chorus. PHOTO BY SCOTT MCGOVERN

Basses perform during the Messiah Festival.

Basses perform during the Messiah Festival. PHOTO BY SCOTT MCGOVERN

Altos perform during the Messiah Festival.

Altos perform during the Messiah Festival. PHOTO BY SCOTT MCGOVERN

Published: 12-05-2023 2:45 PM

The 10th annual Messiah Festival at Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church Saturday drew a record number of singers and audience member for a live performance of the Christmas section of Handel’s “Messiah.” 

The church sanctuary was decorated with wreaths and strings of white lights, adding to the sounds of 82 musicians conducted by James Sharrock. Tenor soloist Matthew McGinnis opened the singing with “Comfort Ye,” and other vocal soloists included Pamela Stevens, Amanda Williams Galster and Nick Tocci. Colby Baker played the tracker organ and trumpeter Sheldon Ross added to the ensemble sound. Audience members stood and joined the singers in the “Hallelujah Chorus” for the finale.

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