- The Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
- The Wren Players
- William Vann
Handel’s 1741 oratorio Messiah is one of the most famed of all choral works, setting a selection of scriptural texts compiled by Charles Jennens. Part I explores the coming of the Messiah, through Old Testament prophecies and with the scene of the annunciation to the shepherds. Part II concentrates on the passion and Part III deals with Christ’s resurrection and ascension. Tonight’s performance will be slightly abridged to keep the evening under two hours.
The Royal Hospital’s critically acclaimed Chapel Choir, which is formed from some of London’s finest professional choral singers and musicians, provides the chorus and soloists and William Vann, Director of Music at the Royal Hospital, conducts. The orchestra are the Wren Players, a band formed by highly regarded cellist Christopher Suckling.
As always, complimentary interval drinks will be served in the wonderful setting of the newly restored Great Hall.
NB. Please note venue.
‘…a vividly involving sequence of choruses… the choir combined characterful performance with some finely focussed singing. Each [singer] contributed highly characterful and technically accomplished singing… This was a marvellously involving performance.’
— Review of the choir’s performance of Israel in Egypt, 2013, Robert Hugill.
‘…lithe and vital… the singers bringing both power and flexibility to the vocal lines, as well as a superb sense of blend.’
— Review of the choir’s performance of Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat, 2014, Robert Hugill.