It’s that peculiar time again. All the preparations are complete, there is nothing more to do but to wait in eager anticipation until Carlos raises his baton in the Chapel on Saturday.
It feels a bit like sitting at the top of the steep upwards drag, sitting in the carriage, waiting for the roller coaster to tip over the top and start its careering way down and round the circuit at who knows what speed. Performances often go past in a flurry of fleeting moments, just as one’s memories of roller coaster ride are concentrated in a few mind-blowing thrills.
There was much mutual admiration last night, and deservedly so. The Choir hugely appreciates the work the orchestra puts in to accompany us so effectively. Concertmaster Catrina commented that the Choir sounds even better than it did for the last Messiah, in 2014. We all thought the soloists to be wonderfully competent and engaging. And most of all we all appreciate Carlos for all his willingly shared musicianship, his attention to the all important details, and his determination to do justice in every respect to Handel’s inspiring music.
I will leave a final word of encouragement for us to the tenor soloist, Nathan. He commented on Tuesday, “You all give out so much positive energy, and that energy will infect the audience.” That’s a great compliment. Thank you, Nathan!