Piping up

December 01, 2017

Annie Nichols busting on the pipe organ at Shepparton Uniting Church, with singers Christine Parnell and Adele Fitzpatrick.

Shepparton Uniting Church houses the city’s only pipe organ, and Reverend Annie Nichols wants to see it put to good use.

After putting a call out for anyone who enjoyed singing and having fun, 22 new voices were rounded up.

The singers will gather this month to perform excerpts from George Handel’s Messiah at the church.

‘‘We’ll have the choristers come together in an organised community choir to sing seven choruses,’’ Rev Nichols said.

‘‘There’ll be six soloists performing their favourite songs.’’

Rev Nichols said they had decided to call the group Goulburn Singers, because all lived within the Greater Shepparton community.

‘‘The scripture will be read out by Steve Little as well,’’ she said.

The event will include the musical talents of group members, who will perform on flute, cello and pipe organ with support from a keyboard.

Rev Nichols said there was no cost to attend the performance, which would run for about an hour.

The performance will take place from 2pm on Sunday, December 17, at the Shepparton Uniting Church, 150 Maude St, Shepparton.

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