Great Hall, University of Reading
HANDEL’S oratorio Messiah is one of the best known and greatest choral masterpieces. A staple Christmas tradition, the choir sang confidently throughout, watched their conductor, Paul Burke, and achieved a standing ovation.
To the delight of the choir, the audience were moved to stand at the beginning of the Hallelujah `chorus, as is the tradition begun by George II.
The soloists, Louise Wayman (soprano), Freya Jacklin-Edward (mezzo soprano), Adrian Green (tenor) and Michael Hickman (bass), were excellent, and clearly enjoyed singing the music.
Kate Bailey led a small orchestra, as prescribed by Handel, which supported the choir well. The deliciously crisp trumpet solo in 'The Trumpet Shall Sound' was exceptional and well-timed; giving the choir their leads each time the tune returned.
Handel’s Messiah is a great work that is a joy to sing, to play and to listen to. Well done SCCS.