No, I’m not talking about sitting on a hill overlooking Jerusalem…waiting…
The Messiah we’re waiting for is far more tangible.
I’m talking about preparing for Handel’s Messiah, a magnificent choral work that’s been thrilling audiences since 1742.
We, the Orpheus Choir of Wellington are in rehearsal for our performance on 4 December in the Wellington Town Hall. It’s not an easy work to learn, unless of course you’ve recently sung Bach’s Mass in B Minor! We’re now three weeks away from D-day and the challenge to memorise at least four of the stunning choruses is on.
You cannot get complacent – you have to have tricks up your sleeve. And I don’t mean sticking post-it notes on the back of the person in front of you – an impossibility anyway when you’re in the front row.
“Paw-shag-ab,” said a colleague alongside me last night.
“Power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor and glory and bless-ing. Porw-shag-ab!”
Now, why didn’t I think of that.