Upcoming Events

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

The Phoenix Choir of Crawley are looking forward to making new friends by welcomingWORKSHOP Messiah flyer guest singers to join us for rehearsals for our Spring Term, every Thursday from 6th January 2022.  This will culminate in a performance of Handel’s Messiah at The Hawth on Saturday 2 April 2022, and we are also holding a full day singing workshop, working on vocal techniques with vocal coach Vicki Stilwell and singing some of the wonderful choruses from Handel’s famous oratorio.

Guest singers can choose from 3 options:

  1. Join Phoenix Choir as a guest member for the whole term (13 weeks). Rehearsals are Thursday evenings, from 7.45pm to 9.45pm at St Andrew’s Church, Weald Drive, Crawley, RH10 6NU, starting on 6th January 2022.  Cost: £40.00 for rehearsals plus £5.00 for the Workshop
  2. Attend the Workshop and then attend the 3 remaining Thursday rehearsals of the term and sing in the concert . Cost: £15.00 for Workshop plus £10.00 for rehearsals
  3. Attend the Workshop only. Cost £15.00

We are using the Novello score (editor Watkins Shaw). Should you wish to hire a score the cost is £3.00 payable on receipt of the score. 

Our Booking form can be found here, and you can also book via Eventbrite. (A booking fee will apply on Eventbrite.) 

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. The 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. 


Save the date! Concert:  Saturday 2 April 2022 – Handel’s Messiah at the Hawth Theatre

Messiah 02-04-2022


 Until then…

Keep singing!

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2 thoughts on “Upcoming Events

  1. Hi!
    I’m a professional tenor and contracted full time to Welsh National Opera, born and bred in Forest Row. Can I send my CV and website to somebody with regards to maybe working together in the future? My school concerts used to be in the Hawth, and I’ve done numerous operas there since, but no other concerts there since being a treble and singing Elijah aged 11!
    Do let me know

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