Classic role for Jake

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A TEENAGE singing sensation will take centre stage later this month when one of the most popular choral works ever written is performed.

Sixteen-year-old Jake Horler Newsham, a former pupil at Blessed Trinity RC College, will take the tenor role in Handel’s “Messiah” when Nelson Civic Ladies’ Choir hosts a concert at Sacred Heart Church in Colne on Saturday, April 16th.

Jake is now studying for his A-levels at St Christopher’s High School, Accrington, and hopes to continue his musical education before becoming a professional classical singer.

His potential was spotted by his singing teacher, the choir’s conductor, John Garrett. Jake made his first public appearance when he was 15. Both are members of the opera group formed by Mr Garrett, The Scholars, which has recently played to sell-out audiences.

It will be a busy night for Mr Garrett, of Manchester Road, Burnley. He will not only conduct the performance but also sing the bass role.

Singers from choirs across the area are expected to join the chorus for the “Messiah”. Anyone who would like to sing can do so.

The concert starts at 7-30 p.m. and also features two experienced female singers Betty Willoughby, contralto, and Ann Myers-Brotherston, soprano. Music will be played by virtuoso organist Nigel Spooner and trumpeter Roman Petrocelli Galanski.

There is a rehearsal for singers, starting at 2-30 p.m. at the church. Tickets are £5, to either sing or enjoy as part of the audience. Scores will be available on the day for a small deposit.