We had a wonderful time on 19 November singing Messiah to a full cathedral nave, and getting a standing ovation too! It was an honour to welcome our five young soloists from Samling Academy and to hear the amazingly powerful bass voice of Samling Artist Arshak Kuzikyan. As ever, our wonderful period instrument orchestra filled us with energy. Here are a few photos from the weekend, taken by Edmund Ong, Allison Potter, Linda Atunes, Jane Shuttleworth and Julian Wright. For full details, please visit the concert page here
We know that, for families with young children, coming to a full evening's concert is not easy, and so as part of our afternoon rehearsals in the cathedral, we've taken to giving a mini-performance of one of the highlight moments of whatever we're preparing, so that children can enjoy a little taster of a really exciting piece of live music, in a completely relaxed, informal way. It began in 2014 with Zadok the Priest and last year around a hundred primary school children joined us to sing "The Heavens are Telling" from Haydn's The Creation. This year with Messiah, there's only one possible choice for our afternoon spot – the legendary "Hallelujah chorus". Read on to find out a little bit more about this famous piece of music:
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