The William Byrd Singers celebrate their 50th anniversary by supporting UK-Med

Another classical music event taking place in Manchester has announced that all proceeds from the evening will go towards supporting UK-Med.

On Saturday 2nd April 2022, the William Byrd Singers will be performing J S Bach’s St Mathew Passion at the Stoller Hall in Manchester.

One of the Byrd’s tenors, Marc Gwynne, is married to a Ukrainian. Having worked there for several years, he and his company Organon Trustees made the significant decision to match the cost of every ticket bought for the performance in support of our UK-Med Ukrainian appeal.

“This is a major gesture, and one for which we are very grateful,” said David Wainwright, CEO of UK-Med. “The people of Manchester are doing so much to support our work.”

If you’re not familiar with the St Matthew Passion, it provides a moving account of Jesus Christ’s last days before his crucifixion and features heart-rending arias and sweeping choruses; a fitting backdrop to the Ukrainian crisis.

The William Byrd Singers are a Manchester-based chamber choir who take pride in the quality and range of their performances. The Passion is an example of this, as it’s hard to find authentic performances of such a demanding masterpiece in the original German.

The Singers will form two choirs; performing alongside six internationally acclaimed soloists, the period instruments of the 18th Century Sinfonia, and a chorus of children from Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Atherton.

The performance was originally scheduled for 2020, fifty years after the choir was originally founded by Stephen Wilkinson MBE.

Tickets cost £24.50 and you can book them here.

The performance starts at 7pm. To find out more visit here

To book your tickets, visit the Stoller Hall website.

A huge thank you to William Byrd Singers for their generosity. The proceeds from this event is enabling our work on the ground in Ukraine right now; working to provide emergency healthcare to those most in need.

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