A SPECIAL concert is being staged in an ancient church.

Tatton Singers, the longest running choir in Knutsford, will be performing Brahms’ German Requiem at St John’s Church at 7.30pm on Saturday, March 26.

It is their first full scale concert since the pandemic.

Chairman Ian Philps said: “It is still hard to believe that it is now two years almost to the day when we had to cancel our March 2020 concern because of the arrival of a new virus.

“It proved to be a scary time for everyone but we managed to keep contact with our members to ensure we, as a choir, would reform.

“It took more than 500 days before Tatton Singers would sing together again in St John’s Church.

“Now we are preparing our first major concert where no government Covid restrictions apply.

“The audience will not have to socially distance or wear masks.

“We look forward to welcoming the residents of Knutsford and its surrounds back to our concert.”

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Conductor John Powell said: “I’m delighted that for this very important occasion we will be presenting one of the greatest pieces of western European choral music.

“This immensely stirring work made Brahms’ reputation as a composer 150 years ago and has remained a firm favourite with choirs and audiences ever since.

“It is a demanding piece, both highly dramatic and wonderfully restful and consoling.

“The choir has been working towards this concert with great enthusiasm for three months.

“It promises to be a very moving and special concert.”

The choir will be accompanied by piano duet Tim Kennedy and Elin Rees and joined by two young soloists, soprano Charlotte Kennedy and baritone Stuart Orme.

Tickets are available from thetattonsingers.co.uk, Knutsford Heritage Centre on 07912 541125, choir members or on the door.