Handel’s oratorio ‘Messiah’ is one of the most popular works in the choral repertoire and a favourite for ‘sing along’ days. So what can there be to add to such a work? The audience at Beccles Choral Society’s recent performance would say EVERYTHING ; take some seventy voices, add thirty musicians and a music director who teases every nuance from his singers and musicians, add a lot of sheer hard work and you have the makings of a stunning take on this familiar piece, while still serving Handel’s original intentions.
Beccles Choral Society, with the Kingfisher Sinfonietta (Leader Beth Spendlove)and soloists from the Guildhall School of Speech and Drama, under the baton of conductor Geoff Lavery did just that; they thrilled the audience and raised the roof of St.Michael’s Church with a performance that displayed passion, pace and sensitivity that would be hard to surpass. The text emerged clear and full of meaning; the variety of moods was tangible and the professionalism so great that the performance was given a standing ovation by the audience packed into the church. A truly memorable musical event.