Sunday 28 November 2010
MESSIAH FROM SCRATCH®
Royal Albert Hall
The array of smiles in the photo, right, reflect the post-concert excitement at Messiah from Scratch® at the Royal Albert Hall on Advent Sunday 2010. Four hugely impressive young soloists with the massed voices of The Really Big Chorus joined ranks under Brian Kay’s direction to give a memorable performance of Handel’s masterpiece. A letter from Sir David Willcocks (read to the capacity hall by Don Monro) sent the maestro’s warm good wishes for a successful evening, and ensured that the proceedings got off to a joyous start.
The soloists were soprano Ruth Jenkins (front left), mezzo-soprano Stephanie Lewis (front right), tenor Ben Thapa (centre right) and baritone Samuel Evans (left). Brian Kay (centre) conducted his first ever Messiah from Scratch®, the orchestra was the English Festival Orchestra led by Adrian Levine, and the magnificent ‘Father Willis’ organ was played by Jane Watts. Underpinning everything on the harpsichord was Harry Lester, and the solo trumpeter was Joe Atkins.
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