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'Messiah' singalong welcomes all voices

MOORESTOWN It's that time of year when so-so sopranos and tenuous tenors may give voice to their secret dream: singing the solo parts of Handel's "Messiah."

The First United Methodist Church's will host its 32d annual community singalong of the famed oratorio Sunday, starting 5 p.m. As is the tradition, there are no rehearsals, soloists, or featured choirs used in this unique performance. Instead, all parts - including solos - are sung by the grouped vocal sections: sopranos, altos, tenors and basses.

The three-hour singalong is open to as many who can fit into the church, at Camden and Pleasant Valley Avenues in Moorestown. Glenn Rodgers will be the choral director, with Dennis Elwell, organist and choirmaster at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, on organ.

Anyone wishing to sing may bring his or her own score or purchase a copy at the door for $7.95. The event is also open to anyone wishes to simply listen.

There will be an intermission with refreshments. - David O'Reilly