Conductor: Jonathan Willcocks
We are joined for the performance by the wonderful baroque orchestra Canzona and a team of professional soloists. March 2018 will see a performance of Handel's Messiah, conducted by our Festival Conductor, Jonathan Willcocks.
"MESSIAH is a work which many ' know' and relatively few can sing really well.
Our rehearsals from January to March 2018 are not only to enable those who have not sung Messiah before to learn the work, but also to focus the various experience within the combined choir into a really persuasive performing style.
Regardless how many times you have sung this great masterpiece, I hope the singers will only miss rehearsals if there is a pressing reason to do so. Ben and I will do our utmost to make every session really enjoyable and productive musically. Of greatest importance are the final rehearsals on the afternoon of Sat. March 10th and Sunday March 11th(the latter with orchestra) at which I expect everyone to sing. "
Singers - here are your cuts
Watkins Shaw edition
Part 1 complete
Part 2 omit 33-36 inclusive
Part 3 omit 49-52 inclusive