Eton College's choirmaster is set to lead a workshop for amateur singers in Worcester.

The workshop, hosted by Worcester Festival Choral Society, will give music enthusiasts the chance to learn a classic Gioachino Rossini composition at St Andrew’s Methodist Church on Saturday, April 13.

Partakers will learn Petite Messe Solennelle, Rossini's 1863 work.


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Susan White, chairman of the society, said: "Our Come & Sing Rossini workshop offers a brilliant day out for amateur singers.

"You don’t need choral experience or a great voice to take part, but an ability to read music is useful to get the most from the day."

The society, known for its association with Worcester composer Sir Edward Elgar, comprises of 140 auditioned, amateur singers, and is one of the most renowned of its kind in England.

Worcester News: Eton College choirmaster Christopher Allsop will lead the workshop

Eton College organist and music teacher Christopher Allsop will be at the helm of the workshop, lending his expertise throughout the day, while organist and recitalist Nicholas Freestone, assistant director of music at Worcester Cathedral, will provide piano accompaniment.

An estimated 150 singers from across the country will take part.

Alongside singing sessions, participants can hear insights about the work, receive vocal tips and socialise with the other singers.

Registration opens at 9:30am, with vocal sessions commencing at 10:15am.

Worcester News: The group will learn Gioachino Rossini's 1863 work Petite Messe Solennelle

An informal performance of the piece with soloists will begin from 3:45pm, which friends and family of participants are free to attend, before wrapping up at 4:45pm.

Singers can book their place for the workshop at £22 per adult and £10 per student, which will also include a vocal score hire, free teas and coffees, homemade cakes and a raffle.

Hot platters and packed lunches are also available to pre-order.

Visit or contact 0333 666 3366 to secure your place.