Sunday 29 November 2015
MESSIAH FROM SCRATCH®
Royal Albert Hall
Our 2015 Messiah from Scratch® at the Royal Albert Hall found us paying homage to a towering figure in the field of choral music: Sir David Willcocks who died in September. Brian Kay gave a moving tribute at the opening, and prior to the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus we stood in silence to honour someone whose promotion of high choral standards has benefited us all, not least those Members of The Really Big Chorus who worked with Sir David over a period of some 30 years, not only on the Royal Albert Hall platform but also on many singing trips abroad.
The performance (our 41st) was conducted by Brian Kay, with the English Festival Orchestra (leader Adrian Levine); the Royal Albert Hall’s mighty ‘Father’ Willis organ was played by Stephen Disley, and the four soloists were Sarah Power (soprano), Angharad Lyddon (mezzo), Nick Pritchard (tenor) and Marcus Farnsworth (baritone).
The concert supported the British Heart Foundation through programme sales, advertising and post-concert bucket collections. A figure for the amount raised will be posted here as soon as we know it.