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