Saturday's concert of the Messiah was a triumph! Many thanks to all those who turned out to support both the Chorale and the Reg Vardy brass band, I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
Unfortunately, I had to miss the afternoon rehearsal, so was slightly apprehensive about singing Messiah through with a brass band for the first time on the night, but I needn't have worried, it all sounded brilliant, especially our wonderful soloists. I did get a bit confused when Paul (our director and man-in-charge) turned to the audience and gestured for them to stand for the Hallelujah chorus. Apparently its a custom that dates back to the London premiere of Messiah, when according to belief, George II stood for the duration of the piece (thanks Sheila). Having never been to a performance of Messiah before, the sight of 197 people rising (some uncertainly) to their feet took me rather by surprise!
On Tuesday we were given our concert notes, mostly good (Hurrah!) and cracked on with preparations for the April concert, now only three weeks away!
The concert, which will consist of Faure's Requiem, Allegri's Miserere and other works, is on 21st April at St. Paul's Church in Shipley. As always, tickets are available from any member of the Chorale, or visit the website to order online.