No 2016 sing-along ‘Messiah’ in Duncan

If you were planning on singing Handel’s 'Messiah' with the Cowichan Consort this year, you need to join the choir.

If you were planning on singing Handel’s Messiah with the Cowichan Consort this year, you need to join the choir.

Their presentation on Dec. 3 is not a sing-along event, according to group publicist Joy Ann Bannerman.

“Robert Mari, the Cowichan Consort Orchestra and Choir conductor, has announced that the Handel’s Messiah will be a ‘performance concert’ not a sing-along concert. So, anyone in the Cowichan Valley who wants to sing the choruses, especially the Hallelujah chorus, should come out and sing in the big [Cowichan Consort] choir, which is practising each Wednesday evening at Sylvan United Church, Mill Bay at 7:30 p.m.,” Bannerman shared last week.

The Consort began performing The Messiah in 1995 and regularly did performance productions, not sing-alongs.

“The past few years have been sing-along performances [with] audience members singing with the orchestra and choir while sitting in the audience. But this year, the Consort is returning to a performance format (audience members sit and listen to the concert) for the Dec. 3 concert,” she said.