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Messiah as Handel first heard it

Author: hawkarine Published: 9th March 2012 18:38
St. Peter's Singers, accompanied by the National Festival Orchestra, present a Good Friday performance of Handel's Messiah on 6 April at 7pm in Leeds Parish Church.

On Good Friday St Peters Singers will perform one of the most renowned pieces of English sacred music, under the direction of Dr Simon Lindley. Messiah an honoured English institution for Christmas and Choral Societies, is sung as a timely thought-provoker for Lent and Easter.


A number of the composer's first versions of famous numbers he subsequently altered will be given a rare outing on this occasion, including the lyrical And lo! the angel of the Lord came upon them and the original, lengthier, setting of Rejoice greatly in Part One and, in Part Two, the duet and chorus account of How beautiful are the feet followed by the tenor solo Their sound is gone out into all lands



The centenary of the birth in Bradford in 1911 of the great British musical scholar Watkins Shaw reminded us of the debt owed by so many to this intensely practical musicologist, whose trail-blazing work on a new edition of Messiah over sixty years ago re-kindled in many a desire to perform the work in accordance with the composer's own practice.  


Joining members of the resident solo team of St. Peter's Singers (on this occasion Sarah Potter, Lucy Appleyard, Paul Dutton and Quentin Brown) will be the young treble Cameron Stanley from the Choir of Leeds Parish Church; Cameron comes from Oakwood in Leeds and is a high school student at Abbey Grange Church of England Academy in Butcher Hill, Leeds 16.


At the organ will be David Houlder, and the performance will be conducted by the Parish Church's Master of the Music, Dr Simon Lindley, Music Director of the St. Peter' s Singers since the group's formation in 1977.  Tickets (£12, £8 discounted) can be obtained from the City CentreBox Office - (0113 224 3801) - by telephone, in person or by post - City Centre Box Office, The Carriageworks, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD.


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