Yesterday, Handel’s MESSIAH was performed in the Wollongong Town Hall. We went there with Caroline and Matthew. The Soprano was Siobhan Patrick, Caroline’s friend, who has been performing professionally for 20 years.
Peter is not religious. But he loves music like this. The text to the music is taken from the bible. It starts with:
THE PEOPLE OF GOD AWAIT THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH, THE REDEEMER IS BORN, CHRIST BEGINS HIS MINISTRY
In Part 2 comes:
CHRIST SUFFERS FOR HIS PEOPLE
I felt weepy when they sang:
He was despised (Alto) . . . .
All that see him laugh him to scorn (Tenor)
THE GOSPEL IS PREACHED, DISCORD ENSUES, BUT THE LORD GOD REIGNS OVER ALL
The Soprano sang in a very lovely voice: How beautiful are the feet of those . . . .
Then the Bass: Why do the nations so furiously rage together?
And after that the Hallelujah Chorus
Part 3 . . . . THE FAITHFUL SING PRAISE TO THE REDEEMER
I know that my redeemer liveth – Soprano
Since by man came death – Chorus
Behold, I tell you a mystery – Bass
The trumpet shall sound – Bass
Then shall be brought to pass – Alto
O death, where is thy sting? – Alto and Tenor
If God be for us – Soprano
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain. Amen – Chorus
It was a truely memorable performance!