Next month sees the 120th anniversary of the opening of Duns Volunteer Hall and the town will mark the occasion by staging a public performance of Handel’s Messiah, just as it did when the Hall was first opened in February 1895.
A Heart for Duns is inviting amateur singers of all ages to form a ‘scratch’ choir for the event on Saturday and Sunday, February 7-8. The choir will rehearse and perform with 19 professional musicians drawn from Scotland’s leading symphony orchestras, led by Greg Batsleer, chorus director of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. All day Saturday and Sunday morning, singers will rehearse at the Volunteer Hall with Greg Batsleer and a pianist. Then on Sunday afternoon they will rehearse with the soloists and professional musicians, before a public performance at 7pm that evening.
Singer tickets are £20. Scores will be provided, as well as a soup and sandwich lunch on both days. To apply, visit www.aheartforduns.org/scratch-messiah. Audience tickets for the performance are £10 and will be available from Nairn’s Newsagent, Duns, from January 19.
The story of Duns Volunteer Hall and its opening concert can be found on the Dunse History Society website: www.dunsehistorysociety.co.uk/volunteer_hall.shtml