Some Messiah!
Some Enchanted Evening!

(A Concert for Clara)

Sunday 6th November 7.45pm
Shrewsbury RC Cathedral, Town Walls

Conductor Oliver Walker
The Concert for Clara Orchestra
Leader Julia Johnson

This will be a unique and fun concert in Shropshire, given by one of the best chamber choirs in the Midlands,
accompanied by full orchestra. All proceeds will go to Rett Syndrome research.

18th Century - choruses from Handel’s Messiah
19th Century - Offenbach’s Can Can
- extracts from G & S’s The Pirates of Penzance
20th Century - extracts from Edward German’s Merrie England
Rogers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Ulvaeus / Andersson / Rice’s Chess

Tickets £10 (Children and Students £5)
from Theatre Severn Box Office 01743-281281

Some Messiah! Some Enchanted Evening!

The original concept for this concert was to perform a selection of popular choruses from late 20th Century Musicals. When further investigation revealed an amazing dearth of part choruses in those Shows, we cast our net much farther back. We first sing some of the great choruses from Handel’s 18th century Messiah. This is an oratorio, which we might say these days is the “Concert” (as opposed to “Stage”) version of a Show. From 19th century, we proceed to extracts from G & S’s The Pirates of Penzance via Offenbach’s Can Can (from his operetta Orpheus in the Underworld). Next, a selection from Edward German’s Edwardian musical Merrie England lead us to some magical numbers from South Pacific (staged 1949), and we conclude with a choral selection from the 1985 musical Chess (by Tim Rice and Abba), which produced major hits I know him so well and One Night in Bangkok. This should be a unique, fun, and unforgettable evening’s entertainment.

Thank you to our Sponsors
PCB Solicitors, and Gee 7 Wealth Management Ltd, Financial Planners for their generous support of this concert.

The Concert for Clara Orchestra, led by Julia Johnson, includes professional and experienced amateur players from across Shropshire, who have all given their time and talent to make this a special musical event.

Rett Syndrome Research

Imagine the symptoms of autism, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's, epilepsy, and anxiety disorders…all in one little girl. Rett Syndrome is a neurological condition that affects 1 in 15,000 female births across the world, leaving them unable to walk or talk. Clara is the only little girl who suffers with it in Shropshire. We know that it’s caused by a fault on a single gene. For many years it was thought to be incurable. Then, in 2007, Prof. Adrian Bird in Edinburgh astonished the scientific world by reversing Rett Syndrome in mice. Since then, researchers around the world have been focused on delivering a cure for Rett Syndrome in the girls. Several labs will be trialling a gene therapy cure for mice later this year, with the prospect of moving to a clinical trial with some of the girls in the next 2 to 3 years. Rett Syndrome could be the first genetic neurological condition to be defeated by science. That would be a great human triumph, and hopefully would blaze the trail for the cure of more conditions. All proceeds from this concert will go to the Rett Syndrome Research Trust, which is trying to
accelerate the race to a cure by funding research across the world. (visit

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