Sunday, September 10, 2017

Messiah - The World's Most Loved Choral Work

Handel's Messiah

Tue 12 December 7:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall


DAVID BURCHELL, conductor
CITY CHOIR DUNEDIN
DUNEDIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

SOLOISTS: soprano Madeleine Pierard, alto Claire Barton, tenor Iain Tetley, bass Jared Holt
Messiah is heard around the world during the Christmas season, being greatly appreciated, admired and enjoyed. City Choir Dunedin with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Burchell, is pleased to again perform this oratorio. Together with our soloists, soprano Madeleine Pierard, alto Claire Barton, tenor Iain Tetley and bass Jared Holt, we will provide a fantastic opportunity for you to experience a world-class delivery of this dramatic and passionate work.

Buy tickets online now!Handel began composing Messiah on August 22, 1741, and completed it twenty-four days later. The scholar Clifford Bartlett writes, “such speed was not unusual, nor was the time of year. Not much happened in London during the summer, so it was a good time to get ahead with the preparation for the next season . . . Bach could produce a cantata, organizing the copying of parts, and rehearse and perform it every week: Three weeks to compose an oratorio without the immediate responsibility for organizing the performance was, therefore, ample. But, however hasty the composition, the power of the musical imagination, the wealth of ideas, the depth of inspiration, and the sheer variety of invention continue to astonish.”

Messiah is unique among Handel's oratorios in its New Testament subject and reflective treatment. It has been described as a 'collection' taken from the Bible and the Prayer Book Psalter, and is a mixture of narrative and commentary. This freed Handel from some of the more restrictive opera conventions and permitted greater use of the chorus than is generally the case in his other oratorios. Messiah is probably Handel's most famous work and its ubiquity has outreached anything Handel could ever have envisaged.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Accolades for Lullabies concert

Some feedback from the Lullabies concert of 2 September 2017, in Knox Church:

Praise for Anthony Ritchie work: 
"Anthony Ritchie - congratulations on the very successful debut/premiere of 'Lullabies' at Knox Church last night. The work was captivating from first 'hush' to last whisper. Your music set the words with wonderful sensitivity, imaginative sound painting and limning of the myriad moods. David Burchell, City Choir Dunedin and the choirs of St Hilda's and Columba were polished and powerful; Tom Chatterton was outstanding, playing sensitively and astutely balancing the various vocal forces artistically - his organ registrations, apt at every turn. Kudos for this, your latest triumph. John van Buskirk, ODT 5 Sep 2017

Thank you so much for the wonderful program last night. It was thoroughly enjoyable. The mix of items and the mix of voices was great. Dunedin's choral history is in good hands! Again, thank you!
Moss Arnot (Facebook)

Congratulations on a fine concert last evening! Especially the performance of the Duruflé, I felt was spiritually inspired and a deeply moving musical experience. Thank you.
Jack Pritchard (Email to City Choir)

I attended last night's performance and was mesmerised from beginning to end. The precision of the choir was impressive and the voice blend was magical. Children and soloists equally fabulous. The friends I was with were equally impressed.
Brenda Jones (Email to City Choir)