WOULD you believe Handel’s masterpiece oratorio The Messiah could be learnt and performed in just one day?

Well that is the aim that local musicians Hugh Barton and Philippa Morgan have set themselves with a 120 strong voluntary choir and orchestra.

There will be some experienced singers, and excellent local soloists too.

The whole event is to raise money for two good causes, RefugeeAid Stroud and a special Oxfam project for refugees. Already £1500 has been raised, and the aim is to double that.

Each member of the choir has made a contribution of £15 and members of the public are invited to come and see the performance at Stroud Subscription Rooms on Sunday 19 March at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available at £12 and £9 from the Stroud Tourist Information, on 01453 760900. All proceeds to go to the good causes.

RefugeeAid Stroud is helping feed refugees in Serbia, Greece and Calais and raises funds through the charity shop Rasmachaz in Stroud High Street.

The event is also being supported by Nailsworth Quaker Meeting.

The organisers are hoping for 250 people to come and enjoy this event and do a little good too.

For more information visit www.refugeeaid-stroud.org/