Which excerpt from Messiah is buzzing around your head today? For many it will be the Hallelujah Chorus. For me it is so many things, mainly choruses, but perhaps most unexpectedly the sound of the Alto and Tenor singing “O death, where is thy sting?” so sensitively and with an understanding their few years each belie.
What a weekend, for Choir members and audience members alike. So many people were singing snippets of the Hallelujah Chorus as they left, we could have held impromptu auditions – and there were some good voices evident. I encountered someone just outside the Chapel in tears after Saturday’s performance, they were so moved. And on Sunday a Choir member said to me, “Whoever or whatever your God, you are bound to encounter them somewhere in Messiah.” So true, and a sentiment which I suspect Carlos would embrace.
M W Choir is more than just a choir – it is a community. People look after and feel for each other. It was touching that for these concerts the tenors commemorated their colleague, Les Davies, who died a few months ago, by following his example of wearing unmatched socks.
So that’s it for this year. Thank you to everyone who has responded to my random musings. It will be great to be back at Choir in the New Year, after a hopefully Happy Christmas and safe travels for everyone.