‘Messiah’ sing-along set for Saturday in Sequim

SEQUIM — The 19th annual Community Singalong of Handel’s “Messiah” is set for 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

The sing-along will be in the sanctuary at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

Those attending will be given scores and invited to sing-along with the chorus.

The sing-along, a Christmas season tradition on the North Olympic Peninsula, will raise funds for food banks in Sequim and Port Angeles.

Each dollar donated will be matched by an anonymous couple who hope to see this event continue as both a community event and as a significant way to raise funds for use in Clallam County, event organizers said.

All who want to sing, as well those who just want to liste,n are encouraged to attend.

The musical directors are Jerry Wright and Joel Yelland, with accompaniment from local instrumentalists and soloists.

Scores for the chorus are borrowed from several sources (First Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Port Angeles Symphony and First Presbyterian Church in Port Angeles) or attendees may bring their own.

The event features an intermission with punch and cookies provided.

“Messiah” was first performed to raise funds for an orphanage in Dublin, Ireland, and was conducted by the composer of the oratorio, George Frederick Handel. It has a long history of being involved with raising funds for community support.

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