Sunday 27 November 2011
MESSIAH FROM SCRATCH®
Royal Albert Hall
Once again Messiah from Scratch® at the Royal Albert Hall was a hugely enjoyable and festive occasion. Our auditioned team of young soloists was one of the best ever, and more than 3,800 singers contributed to the performance. It’s hard to persuade journalists that performances of Messiah—even ours!—are worth covering, but one well-known broadcaster clearly felt that we contributed to the spirit of Christmas, and included a mention of us in her on-line Daily Mail article which you can read here (opens in a new window). We also had a mention in the Jewish Chronicle (new window), and even made it onto YouTube!
Our soloists were soprano Susanna Hurrell, mezzo-soprano Katie Bray, tenor Samuel Furness and bass-baritone Frederick Long. Conductor Brian Kay kept everyone including the orchestra (the English Festival Orchestra led by Adrian Levine) under control, 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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