Preparing for the Messiah

Warming up ain't always pretty!

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.

“Paw-shag-ab?”

“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.

 

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