Teesside singers perform 'Scratch Messiah' in Nunthorpe

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Singers perform at Nunthorpe Methodist Church

Singers from across Teesside have performed a 'Scratch Messiah'.

The event was held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nunthorpe Methodist Church.

Scratch Messiahs involve singers meeting for the first time, then rehearsing and performing Handel's Messiah all in the same day.

Conductor John Forsyth said: "It's a huge task to take on. You start at seven o'clock and whatever you do, you're going to finish at ten o'clock."

Around 120 singers, many members of local choirs, attended the event. One of them, Claire Young, said: "It's been really really hard, but it's been fantastic!

"I've not sung the Messiah before and not sung in a huge choir. I am in a choir, but not like this one."

After a day of practise, the full three hour performance was staged in front of a capacity crowd.