‘Congratulations on a stunning performance’;
‘we’ve been attending Messiah concerts together since 1965 – this was the best’
were just a few of the comments from audience members at Royston and District Choral Society’s performance of Handel’s Messiah in Royston Parish Church on Saturday.
Reviewer Peter Rueffer writes: ‘This performance of Handel’s ever-popular oratorio, Messiah, drew a large audience to the Parish Church last Saturday. The Choral Society, directed by Andrew O’Brien, was augmented by several guest soloists and had great support from the admirable East Herts Sinfonia. This near-complete version of the often much-reduced Messiah began with the Overture for strings, the Sinfonia immediately setting standards of style and musicianship that contributed greatly to the success of this performance. Solos from the last-minute stand-in tenor, David de Winter, together with Tom Verney (alto), Laurence Williams (bass), Nina Bennet (soprano) and Fabian Tindale (treble), were highlights of the evening, but Handel’s wondrous four-part choral writing and the joyful dialogue between all voices and instruments will also live long in the memory. There can be few pieces of music that so readily convey feelings of goodwill and sense of community as does the Messiah. That this performance did exactly that owed as much to the dedication and musicianship of all involved as it did to the genius of Handel’.