Start of a Victorian Christmas

The choir from Central Methodist Church in Brighouse was invited to perform at Beamish Museum in County Durham to help get Christmas festivities off to a musical start.

The choir sang in Methodist chapel which has been relocated from its original pit village location and rebuilt.

Choir secretary Helen Stafford said: “The choir dressed appropriately in Victorian costume and sang a selection of carols and Christmas music. Visitors to the museum came and went or stayed in the chapel and joined in the carols.”

Beamish often puts on special events at the weekend and Central Methodist choir has helped with harvest celebrations on previous occasions.

On Sunday, November 24, the choir will perform Handel’s Messiah. It will be the 31st time Messiah has been performed in the church since the inauguration of Central more than three decades ago.

The concert begins at 6pm and there is no charge for entry. The principal singers are Jenny Stafford, soprano, Sally Perkins, contralto, Jake Newsham, tenor, and John Garrett, bass. The trumpet soloist will be Denise Dransfield and the organist David Hall, all under the baton of Ian Abbott.

The choir will be augmented with 50 additional voices and the concert marks the start of Christmas celebrations at Central. The church will be open to visitors for the Brighouse Victorian Festival on November 30 and December 1 and refreshments will be served.