Messiah from Scratch26 December 2010 by Tina
Recorded at All Saints Church, Hacheston, Suffolk 12th December 2010.
MESSIAH GF HANDEL
Messiah was written in 1741, for Easter, taking the composer just 21 days. Handel used material borrowed from his Italian compositions of earlier days, when he was living in Brook Street, off New Bond Street, now the Handel House and Museum. First performed in Dublin 13th April 1742 with 36 singers for charity, proceeds going to help prisoners and the Foundling hospital. Messiah is one of the greatest Oratorios ever written.
This is the third year that Graeme Hall has led Messiah From Scratch, raising money for Hacheston Church. A choir of almost 50 singers came together - rehearsing for two and a half hours in the afternoon and performing in the evening, singing Part 1, the Christmas section and other special choruses.
Special thanks to Rev Canon Harry Edwards and the Hacheston PCC for allowing use of Hacheston church for the event.
And my special thanks to Barry Burns and Paul Nicholas for recording and editing this programme for Deben Radio.com.
Conductor: Graeme Hall
Trumpet: Ian Abbott
Organist: Patrick Friend
Soprano: Kay Dawe
Alto: Maggie Smith
Tenor: Niall Pasco-McGregor
Bass: Nick Fowler
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