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Thursday 9 January 2020

New Year, new hobby? Make new friends with Phoenix Choir and Handel’s Messiah

The New Year is a fantastic time to join a choir as it ticks many of the New Year resolution boxes; for instance, make new friends (tick), learn a new skill (tick) be healthier and happier (tick, tick).

We at Phoenix Choir of Crawley are also looking forward to making new friends by welcoming fresh voices to join us in rehearsals for the Spring term, every Thursday from 9th January 2020. This will culminate in a performance of Handel’s Messiah at The Hawth on 4th April 2020 and we are also holding a full – day Workshop focus on the Messiah’s choral highlights on 14th March at Crawley Baptist Church. Phoenix Choir members are a relaxed, friendly bunch who love singing and if you do the same, you’ll find that a warm welcome awaits you.

One of the benefits of joining for the full Spring term is that you’ll have the advantage of learning this seminal masterpiece with Musical director, George Salmon. George’s professional knowledge and nurturing style will ensure that newcomers will settle in, find their way musically and enjoy the experience of singing in a group. You do not have to be a Katherine Jenkins or an Andrea Bocelli to join us as the magic lies in our blend of voices and there will be learning resources available to help.

The words ‘magic’ and ‘voices’ brings us back to the Messiah. Handel started writing oratorios as a cost saving alternative to opera. Like opera, an oratorio has a driving narrative but there is no need for scenery, costumes or actors. Messiah was written in 24 days as an Easter offering and premiered in Dublin 1742 for a charity concert for inmates of a debtors’ prison. It became a regular feature for his annual fundraising London concert for his favourite charity, The Foundling Hospital and has since been well-known and loved universally.

Being part of the Messiah’s choral ‘Wall of Sound’, singing uplifting highlights such as the ‘Hallelujah’ is a unique experience that has been described as euphoric, exhilarating and joyous. An exciting adventure awaits you whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned choir member .

Rehearsals from 9th January at 7:45 – 9:45pm at United Reformed Church, Worth Park Ave, Crawley RH10 3DF

Messiah rehearsals start

Guest singers are invited to join us for the whole term, including all Thursday evening rehearsals, our workshop, and to perform with us in our concert at The Hawth on 4 April 2020, with professional orchestra and soloists. 

Come along and join with us to sing this wonderful work.

Attendance tickets can be purchased as follows:


or you can complete a booking form which can be found here


Saturday 14 March 2020

Messiah singing workshop day

Can’t do the whole term? Love singing MESSIAH? 

Come to our singing workshop for top tips on technique from vocal coach Jane Haughton, and polish up on the favourite choruses from Handel’s much loved oratorio, led by George Salmon, Phoenix Music Director.

Want to do more? You can opt to come to the remaining three Thursday rehearsals and sing in our concert at the Hawth, with orchestra and professional soloists.

Attendance tickets can be purchased as follows:


or you can complete a booking form which can be found here


Saturday 4 April 2020

Messiah – concert

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear our performance of Handel’s MESSIAH with a professional orchestra and four fabulous soloists at The Hawth, Crawley. 

Composed in only twenty four days, the piece still inspires listeners over 250 years after the composer’s death and is probably the most performed piece of music in history!

Tickets on sale now from choir members, contacting 01293 553636 or via, The Hawth Box Office, by clicking here.


Please note that all details may be subject to change without notice.



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