Annual carols from St Mark’s Church

Lynda Barrett.
Lynda Barrett.

Young soprano Lynda Barrett is the special guest at the annual charity ‘Christmas Carols from St Mark’s’ in Portadown on Friday, December 4 at 8pm.

It’s the occasion in the musical year when Portadown Male Voice and Ladies Choirs unite to present a Yuletide night of wonderful harmony, interspersed by popular carols from the packed audience at St Mark’s Church of Ireland.

Lynda, a former pupil of Banbridge Academy and music teacher, has been making a real name for herself in the Northern Ireland cultural scene. Her major breakthrough has come with her superb CD ‘The Sublime Voice of Lynda Barrett’.

Neil Collier, who produced the CD for Priory Records, described her as having “the most beautiful natural voice you will ever hear”.

The joining of the two choirs under conductor Gordon Speers is eagerly awaited every December and they will be singing a selection of carols, classical and popular, as well as excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.

Richard Campbell will play the magnificent St Mark’s organ – to accompany the choir, augment Lynda and do his own solo spot.

Programmes are £10 and can be had from choir members, or from Winnie’s Newsagent in Woodhouse Street. They will also be available at the door on the night. Proceeds are for Christian Aid.