Response for William’s Big Sing’

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Singers have been signing on to perform in a fundraising concert for a distinguished musician who is recovering from a life-threatening cerebral haemorrhage.

William Missin, who lives in Wisbech, was a full-time member of the world- renowned ensemble, The Sixteen, and 70 singers have already signed up following an invitation by Ramsey Choral Society, which he led for four years, to ‘Come and sing for William’ in a performance of Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ and choruses from Handel’s ‘Messiah’.

The event, which takes place at the church of St Peter and St Paul, Wisbech, on Saturday, April 27, begins with a rehearsal, led by Angus Davidson, which runs from 2pm to 5.45pm and the Vivaldi is provided, but those taking part are asked to bring their own ‘Messiah’. The concert performance starts at 7pm and people who only want to be spectators are welcome to arrive at that time.

William, who has worked as a peripatetic singing teacher at Wisbech Grammar School, spent almost a year in hospital and is now being cared for by his family at his home in the town.

His wife, Mrs Jane Missin, who is the assistant director of music at the school, said: “We have been very pleased with the response and we are looking forward to a really successful concert and afternoon.”

Admission to the performance is free, but a £10 donation is suggested, and anyone wishing to reserve a place in the workshop should telephone June Green on 01487 813562 or email . Further information is available from