Showing posts with label Messiah. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Messiah. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Chorus to make all alive

Since by man came death, by man came also the
resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ
shall all be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:21-22

Another beautiful chorus from Handel's sacred oratorio Messiah (HWV 56) performed by City of Dunedin Choir and Southern Sinfonia, conducted by David Burchell, on 11 December 2007 in the Dunedin Town Hall.




Hear this chorus again on 13 December in the Regent Theatre - tickets are on sale now!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Chorus will break their bonds

Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away
their yokes from us.
Psalm 2:3

Another chorus from Handel's sacred oratorio Messiah (HWV 56) performed by City of Dunedin Choir and Southern Sinfonia, conducted by David Burchell, on 11 December 2007 in the Dunedin Town Hall.



Hear this chorus again on 13 December in the Regent Theatre - tickets are on sale now!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Chorus to delight

He trusted in God that He would deliver Him:
Let Him deliver Him, if He delight in Him.
Psalm 22:8

Another chorus from Handel's sacred oratorio Messiah (HWV 56) performed by City of Dunedin Choir and Southern Sinfonia, conducted by David Burchell, on 11 December 2007 in the Dunedin Town Hall.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hallelujah! Dunedin

Hallelujah! Dunedinites, you have another great opportunity to hear Handel's glorious oratorio, Messiah on Tuesday 13 December, 7:30 pm, in the Regent Theatre.

Extra, extra! Dunedin's beloved Anna Leese will sing the soprano solo role. Get your tickets now from TicketDirect online or at the Regent.

Here is the Hallelujah! chorus from Handel's sacred oratorio Messiah (HWV 56) performed by City of Dunedin Choir and Southern Sinfonia, conducted by David Burchell, on 11 December 2007 in the Dunedin Town Hall.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Silent monks



You might enjoy this! We are rehearsing Messiah now, but certainly not silently. Our performance on Tuesday 13 December will be a few notches above this one, so get your tickets for Messiah without delay!

Also check out the nuns' version elsewhere on our blog.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Messiah on 13 December

City of Dunedin Choir and Southern Sinfonia present Handel's Messiah in the Regent Theatre (since the Town Hall is closed for renovations) on Tuesday 13 December.

Both the choir and the orchestra are in top form, and with awesome soloists and superb conductor David Burchell, you can expect a top-notch performance!

Tickets are on sale now - don't delay; get yours today!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Students can Sing with Anna Leese

Anna Leese will sing the soprano role in this
year's production of Handel's Messiah.
The City of Dunedin Choir extends an invitation to student singers to join the Choir for this year's performance of Messiah on 13 December in the Regent Theatre.

Handel's Messiah is appreciated worldwide and is the best known and best loved work in the classical choral repertoire. This performance will provide a fantastic opportunity for the students to experience the work and participate in a world-class delivery of this dramatic and passionate work.

This performance will be conducted by David Burchell with orchestral accompaniment by the Southern Sinfonia, and we are particularly pleased to have Anna Leese back in Dunedin with us again to sing in this performance.

Student Applicants
  • Must be confident singers and members of an auditioned school or student choir.
  •  Will not have to audition with the City of Dunedin Choir, but should come with the recommendation from the Music Teacher or the Choir Director.
  • Will have reasonable sight-singing skills, or be able to pick the music up quickly. (Students are seated beside choir members for support and guidance.)
  • Be committed to practising the music between weekly Choir rehearsals.
  • Must attend at least 6 of the 8 regular scheduled rehearsals.
  • Must attend the final rehearsal with the orchestra the evening before the performance (this is compulsory).
Music scores: Music scores will be supplied by the City of Dunedin Choir at the first rehearsal the student attends. 

Rehearsals:
Rehearsals are held at the Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Terrace, Mornington on Tuesday evenings, starting promptly at 7:30 pm and ending at 9:30 pm. The doors are unlocked around 7:00 pm and singers should be seated and ready to start singing by 7:30 pm. For more information please visit http://www.cityofdunedinchoir.org.nz/p/notices.html

Rehearsal schedule:
18 and 25 October, 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 November, 6 December
Final rehearsal in the Regent Theatre: Monday 12 December, 7:00 to 10:00 pm approximately

Performance: Tuesday 13 December, 7:30 pm in the Regent Theatre.

Application: Please submit the following information by email to: info@cityofdunedinchoir.org.nz

Name of student:
Age:
Name of school:
Voice (S, A, T or B):
Student's contact telephone number (evenings):
Student's email address (or that of parent if student has none):

All interested singers who qualify are most welcome to participate in this exciting concert. The number of student singers will not be limited. Join us to perform this beautiful music!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Messiah score

Especially for new choir members - note that members are expected to have their own copy of Handel's Messiah since this work is performed every second year. The Watkins Shaw edition is recommended.

Here are some options for sourcing a copy:

Copies of Messiah can be purchased online from: 

Sheetmusicplus
http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/Messiah/907780

Amazon UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0853602115/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

Amazon USA
http://www.amazon.com/Messiah-Watkins-Shaw/dp/0853602115/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311235329&sr=8-1

Book Depository (UK) with free delivery to NZ
http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Handels-Messiah-Choral-Edition-Watkins-Shaw/9780853602118

Purchase from Dunedin bookshops:

University Bookshop
Beggs Music Works

Download free PDFs of the entire or parts of the Messiah score from: 
http://imslp.org/wiki/Messiah,_HWV_56_%28Handel,_George_Frideric%29

or

http://icking-music-archive.org/ByComposer/Handel.php

or this score, based on the Chrysander edition:

http://scores.ccarh.org/handel/messiah/

And remember this wonderful practice resource at Cyberbass:

http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Handel_GF/Handel_Messiah.htm

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hallelujah Chorus

Have you seen on youtube the "flash mob" perfomance (a Random Act of Culture) of the Hallelujah Chorus at Macy's in Centre City, Phladelphia. Now we could totally do that in the Meridian or Wall Street, apart from the small technical hitch of not having a rather large organ apparently permanently sited in the mall.

There are a number of versions, but if you check out http://www.youtube.com/user/cardifflodge, you'll spot the bass who hadn't actually learnt it off by heart!


Which reminds me.... there's no Messiah listed in next year's music. I do hope that's an oversight.... Even if the Town Hall is out of action, we could do two performances in two smaller venues - I 'd be happy to offer First Church! (Just give me time to clear it with Session first...)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Messiah worthwhile effort

As a member of the audience, instead of the choir, for the first time for this event, I would like to say how much I agreed with the sentiments of the reviewer. However I knew of course that the performance would be world class. I think the performance was better than ever and the choral work without music was very effective and the effort put into this by members of the choir very worthwhile.

I am back in Dunedin now, as you know, and I would like to catch up with old friends and also to sing in the proms 2010.

[Janice Royds responding to the review of the Messiah performance on 8 December, by Glenn Linde on dunedinmusic.com]

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Magnificent performance

I have been singing the Messiah since 1967, and just wanted to report that my husband of 37 years, who has been to every Messiah I have sung over the duration of our marriage (what staying power!!) found the performance magnificent - he even used the word 'riveting'!!!

Cheers Loraine

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Praise for Messiah

Overheard in the audience: "This is the best performance of Messiah I've heard in 40 years!"

Seen on dunedinmusic.com: http://dunedinmusic.com/reviews/136


Tuesday 8 December 2009: Concert Review: Messiah
Mighty work gets mighty rendition

Last evening in the Dunedin Town Hall, the City of Dunedin Choir and Southern Sinfonia with four guest soloists presented the full work, with all the magnitude and passion this work deserves.

In his fifth time presenting Messiah in Dunedin, David Burchell conducted from the harpsichord, and the orchestra and choir responded with expressive shaping and shading.

From the audience, I followed from my family's 100-year-old well-worn score, pondering over the freshness in interpretation at each hearing.

This performance featured a lightness and brilliance overall, while never losing substance.

(Extract from the review by Elizabeth Bouman in the Otago Daily Times of 9 December 2009.)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

MESSIAH tonight

Kate Spence.
We are all revved up to give a top-class performance tonight - do come along to the Dunedin Town Hall for the 7:30 pm performance of Handel's Messiah. That's it - today Tuesday 8 December!!!

Wendy Dawn Thompson, mezzo-soprano billed to sing with us tonight, has unfortunately caught the nasties and her throat is now so sore that she will not be able to sing tonight. This must be the worst nightmare for a soloist... all the preparation, travelling to the concert city, the anticipation of participation (doesn't that sound nice and corny?), feeling that you are letting down the team...

Genuinely, this must be a great disappointment for Wendy and it certainly is for us too. All we can do for Wendy is give her our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

We are delighted to announce that mezzo-soprano Kate Spence is available to take Wendy's place. We have sung with Kate before and know that this experienced and sweet-voiced soloist will do us proud tonight. Thank you Kate, for your willingness to perform on such short notice. We know that you can probably sing Messiah flawlessly in your sleep, so we are looking forward to hearing you tonight.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Messiah as Opera!

A hug-in on a lawn … The Hallejujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. Photograph: Tristram Kenton

This is the caption to this photo published in the UK's Guardian last weekend. It accompanies a review of Deborah Warner's English National Opera production of Messiah. A friend in London alerted me to it. The reviewer is not particularly enamoured of oratorio as opera, in general, and definitely not for Handel's masterpiece.

This is because says Tim Ashley, the reviewer, "the piece is ultimately about prophecy and revelation, and its message is embedded in a complex structure that is more literary than theatrical." This makes it almost impossible to stage as a dramatic opera. He explains how "Warner falls back on a series of images that show how Christian iconography and belief intersect with everyday life... [which] fails to reflect the mounting elation of Handel's score. The Hallelujah Chorus looks like a hug-in on a lawn." Ultimately, Ashley says "The work's greatness is never in doubt for a second, but its visual accompaniment is entirely unnecessary."

My friend wondered what next? Messiah on roller skates, perhaps!

Read the full review here. For my part I'm very glad we are performing the whole thing, no cuts, and it was intended - without visual distractions!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Messiah tickets selling fast


Get your tickets now!

City of Dunedin Choir presents Handel's Messiah
Tuesday 8 December 2009, 7:30pm
Dunedin Town Hall

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fun with the Glory of the Lord

You had to be there, but I'll tell you about an hillarious moment at last night's rehearsal. Our illustrious conductor, David Burchell, decreed that the opening chorus of Handel's Messiah, And the Glory of the Lord, shall be sung with the scores closed. Right. We all agree that will make for a very powerful opening statement, as it were, to the performance. We do sound better when we don't have our heads buried in the copies. We've been warned, so now our memories were put to the test.

David did promise he would bring us in at the right place, so we all watched him like a hawk (or would that be a flock of hawks?), him being the only one allowed an open score.

Of course the Altos have the honour of the very first entry, an easy one to get right but very much exposed with no other supporting voices. We (I'm one of them) were on our toes at that point, and elicited an "Altos, that was smashing!" from David. That was not the funny bit, but pleasing nevertheless.

Then further along it all collapses, David admitting to being the cause: "Basses, I misled you - I looked at you and you sang!". On we go...

And then the whole choir dissolved in hysterics when the Sopranos forgot to come in on "For the mouth..." which caused the Altos to miss their cue.

Not to worry, in the end we got it right, and there are a few rehearsals yet to get the order of the notes firmly fixed in the little grey cells.

Monday, November 16, 2009

It's all in the name

Carved marble statue of Handel.
George Frideric Handel (German: Georg Friedrich Händel) (23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759) was a German-English Baroque composer, who is famous for his operas, oratorios, and concerti grossi. His life and music may justly be described as "cosmopolitan": he was born in Germany, trained in Italy, and spent most of his life in England. Born in Halle in the Duchy of Magdeburg, he settled in England in 1712, becoming a naturalised subject of the British crown on 22 January 1727.

Handel adopted the spelling "George Frideric Handel" on his naturalization as a British subject, and this spelling is generally used in English-speaking countries. The original form of his name (Georg Friedrich Händel) is generally used in Germany and elsewhere, but he is known as "Haendel" in France, which causes no small amount of grief to cataloguers everywhere.

The picture is of a carved marble statue of Handel, created for the Vauxhall Gardens in 1738 by Louis-François Roubiliac, and now preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Vauxhall Gardens was a pleasure garden, one of the leading venues for public entertainment in London, England from the mid 17th century to the mid 19th century.

[Extract from Wikipedia.]

Don't miss the City of Dunedin Choir's performance of Handel's Messiah on 8 December 2009 at 7:30 pm in the Dunedin Town Hall. Tickets are on sale now!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sam McGredy's Handel

Sam McGredy the well-known rose breeder, moved to NZ from Portadown in Northern Ireland in 1972. This climber was bred in Northern Ireland in 1965. It is called HANDEL - which is why I've posted the pictures I took of it in the Botanic Garden on Saturday. Like paint colours the naming of roses is full of deep unfathomable mysteries. Maybe McGredy had just heard a performance of some Handel - though I doubt it would have been Messiah, as that is a traditional Christmas oratorio. Roses and Christmas make sense down here in the southern hemisphere, but not of course in Portadown!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Messiah in Cleckheaton

Cleckheaton Town Hall.
Most people will at least have heard of the great oratorio Messiah by Handel...

... but have you ever been to a live performance of it? One such performance was being given in Cleckheaton Town Hall many years ago, and old Cuthbert Briggs from Liversedge thought he would like to go. He tried to persuade his wife to go with him, but she wasn't too keen.

'Nay, Cuthbert lad, tha knows it's nowt in my line. Gi' me a bit o' comedy, or a singsong on t' end o' Blackpool pier. No, tha go listen and tell me abaht it when tha comes home.'

So Cuthbert went on his own. He had no idea what to expect, in fact he had never heard of 'The Messiah' - it was just that he fancied doing something a bit different from his usual Saturday night visit to the Sun Inn.

When he got back home his wife was all ears. 'Come on then, tell me all abaht it.'
'Ee, well', said Cuthbert, 'it were all reyt, but not quite what I expected. There won't a lot o' movement on stage. In fact, there won't a lot o' room on stage. It were full o' singers. Ah'd been sat there a bit when in comes a load o' fellas carrin' fiddles. Then they brought in t'biggest fiddle ah,ve ever sin. It were so big they 'ad to wheel it on in castors, an' a little chap rubbed it's belly wi' a stick, an' you should 'ave 'eard it groan. It sounded like cow wi' croup. Well, all t'fiddles joined in an' made such a racket.

Then they settled down an' it all went quiet. After about a minute in comes t'Messiah; well, I think it were 'im, because everybody clapped, an' all t'fiddles stood up to welcome 'im. He were a dapper sort o' bloke, all dolled up in a white weskit wi' a red carnation in 'is button'ole. Yes, I'm sure 'e must 'a bin t'Messiah. Then 'e picked up a little stick an' started wavin' it at everyone on t'stage. They were all starin' at 'im, wondering wot were up. Then they started to sing, and before long they were fratchin' like cats. They wanted to know who were the King O' Glory. First one side said HE were t'king, then t'other side said he were, then they went at it 'ammer an' tongs. But.. it fizzled out in t' end.

Then there were a right ter do abaht some sheep as 'as gone astray. Some of t'singers must a bin partial to a bit o' mutton, because they kept singin. 'O we like sheep.' Personally, I likes a bit o' well done steak, but ne'er mind. Well, ah think as them lost sheep must 'a beloged to one o' t' singers, because 'e stood up an' sed every mountain an' 'ill should be laid low. 'Good', ah thought ter missen, 'if they flatten all t'mountains, they'll be sure ter find t'sheep as 'ah gone astray'. Then t'organist started up an' t'band joined in and by gum, they seemed to be getting' mad o'er summat. T'wat thet were sawin' at them fiddles ah were expectin' 'em to fall apart.

Then, after that all t'women stood up to sing. Believe me, some of 'em were a bit past it, by lookin' at 'em - they must a' bin 70 if the were a day, an they sang 'unto us a child is born', an all t'fellas shouted 'wonderful'. Ah thowt, 'it's a bloomin' miracle!' Then they all composes thesens a bit and sings abaht a woman called Joyce Greatly. A've never 'eard o' her, but apparently she's a daughter of Zion, whoever 'e is.

Ah were getting' a bit fed up b'now, ah'd been sittin' for nearly two hours, when all o' a sudden ah gets a cramp in me leg. Ah jumped out o' me seat, an' d'yer know? E'rybody else jumped up at t'same time. They must a' got cramp, same as me.
Then t'choir shouted 'Hallelujah, it's going' ter rain for ever and ever'. Well, ah'd never thowt ter bring me brolly, so ah thowt ah'd best get off 'ome afore it started. So, seein' as 'ow ah were on me feet, ah reckon ad 'ad me money's worth.

Anyroadup, it were a good do, but ah do 'ope they find them lost sheep.'

Source: http://www.emmitsburg.net/humor/daily_additions/2009/jan/5.htm

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Invitation to Dunedin secondary schools

Dear Music Teacher,

The City of Dunedin Choir wishes to extend an invitation to choral singers of your school to join the Choir for this year's performance of Messiah on 8 December in the Dunedin Town Hall. The Choir performs Messiah every second year, in December, and so it is a regular feature in the cultural life of our city. It is our policy to encourage young singers and this oratorio is the ideal work for us to extend such an invitation. It may well be the first opportunity in which your pupils can experience performing in a large mixed choir with a professional orchestra and soloists.

Handel's Messiah is appreciated, admired and enjoyed worldwide and is the best known and best loved work in the classical choral repertoire. This performance will provide a fantastic opportunity for the students to experience the work and participating in a world-class delivery of this dramatic and passionate work.

The soloists for this performance are soprano Emma Fraser, alto Wendy Dawn Thompson, tenor David Hamilton and baritone Robert Tucker, the conductor is David Burchell, with orchestral support from the Southern Sinfonia.

Applicants:
  • Must be confident singers and members of an auditioned school choir.
  • Will not have to audition with the City of Dunedin Choir, but should come with the recommendation from the Music Teacher or the Choir Director.
  • Will have reasonable sight-singing skills, or be able to pick the music up quickly.
  • Be committed to practising the music between weekly Choir rehearsals.
  • Must attend at least 6 of the 8 regular scheduled rehearsals.
  • Must attend the final rehearsal with the orchestra the evening before the performance (this is compulsory).

Music scores: Music scores will be supplied by the City of Dunedin Choir at the first rehearsal.

Rehearsals:
Rehearsals are held in the Crypt of St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday evenings, starting promptly at 7:30 pm and ending at 9:30 pm. The doors are unlocked shortly after 7:00 pm and singers should be seated and ready to start singing by 7:30 pm.

Rehearsal schedule:
13, 20 and 27 October, 3, 10, 17 and 24 November, 1 December
Final rehearsal in the Town Hall: Monday 7 December, 7:00 to 10:00 pm approximately

Performance: Tuesday 8 December, 7:30 pm in the Town Hall.

Please submit the following information about the students who wish to participate, in writing to me at the Choir's official address on the Choir's website, or send the details by email to: info@cityofdunedinchoir.org.nz:

Name of student:
Age:
Name of school:
Voice (S, A, T or B):
Student's contact telephone number (evenings):
Student's email address (or that of parent if student has none):

All interested singers who qualify are most welcome to participate in this exciting concert. The number of singers will not be limited. We hope that some of your choral singers will be able to join the City of Dunedin Choir to perform this beautiful music!

With thanks and best wishes,

Leta Labuschagne
Secretary