Singing Messiah

This evening I rehearsed for one of my all time favourite vocal works; Handels’ Messiah. An English sung oratorio, it is now one of the most popular oratorio works to be sung after an initial modest reception when it was first performed in 1742 to a Dublin audience. It is scored for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass soloists, a SATB choir and a orchestra. It is usually sung around Christmas time with many people knowing the famous ‘Hallelujah’ chorus and some of the more famous arias such as ‘The Trumpet shall sound’ for the Bass and ‘Ev’ry Valley shall be exalted’ for the Tenor. I was rehearsing the bass recitative’s and aria’s with my old music teacher and friend Alistair McKenzie.

I thoroughly enjoyed practicing singing the arias and challenging myself to get to grips with it as quickly as possible. (sight reading came in handy)! In the coming months I hope to get the opportunity to sing this work as I love it along with many oratorio’s such as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

Best as always

T

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Lunchtime Concert in Lytham

Yesterday I went to see a fantastic concert in Lytham with two fantastic soloists. Colin Blamey, a Scottish clarinettist and brilliant musician and my good friend and colleague from RCS, Charlotte Hoather. Her blog is the link just below.

www.charlottehoatherblog.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlotte-Hoather/326679554132973

She has an incredible voice and I love singing duets with her or listening to her sing and hopefully we can do more of that next year. 

It was an excellent concert and I thoroughly enjoyed the programme which was well paced and nicely varied throughout.

In the coming weeks, there is plans for a chamber music concert in Mid-September when myself and a few friends are back in Glasgow and I am looking forward to that and the start of the new RCS year.

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