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Handel: Messiah

Saturday 19 November 7.00pm
(Please note earlier start time)

Jenny Hansell soprano
Jacqueline Connell contralto
Paul Young tenor
Jozik Kotz bass

and the
Monteverdi String Band

All Saints′ Church, Weston Green, Esher, Surrey KT10 8JL (view map)

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The group of singers that were to become The Ripieno Choir first sang together in 1946, coining the name in the following year. By celebrating our 70th birthday in the 2016/17 season we hope to satisfy both the ‘founded 1946’ and the ‘founded 1947’ lobbies!

Famous and/or popular novels, paintings and pieces of music become famous and/or popular for good reasons. In the case of Messiah, the choruses are exciting, challenging and varied in style; some of them are all-time choral classics (Hallelujah, Amen); there are take-overs from the soloists needing both finesse and alertness (O thou that tellest, But thanks be to God); and there is a strong though subtle narrative thread to help maintain concentration and focus from start to finish (this helps audience as well as performers in a lengthy work). The arias too are among Handel’s finest (and his career as an opera composer meant that he really was good at writing arias). The tenor’s melting Comfort ye, the scintillating invitation to Rejoice greatly from the soprano, the intensity of the alto’s He was despised and the drama of the bass’s invocation of the Last Judgement in The trumpet shall sound all contribute to a memorable musical experience.

Our fine team of soloists and the Monteverdi String Band (augmented for the occasion by the wind players – oboes, bassoon, trumpets and kettledrums – required by Handel’s score) will combine with our refined choral singing to produce a performance worthy of both the work and the occasion.

With grateful thanks to our sponsors:

Accuracy also support the Shooting Star House Children’s Hospice

The Red Lion, Thames Ditton

£20 full price
Early booking discount price of £18 available until midnight 5 November 2016
£5 for under-18s
Group discounts are available – please contact box office for more information.

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