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Handel would have been pleased!

Published Wednesday 15th of December 2010 12:50:10 PM

The hundred-strong combined choirs of St Benedict�s School and Ealing Abbey recently performed Handel�s �Messiah�. With all tickets sold and the Abbey Church packed full, there was an expectant mood among the audience. Everyone sensed they were in for a special evening and they were not disappointed. As the audience traditionally rose for the �Hallelujah Chorus� it was spine tingling time as the choirs thundered out this most famous of Handel�s choral works.

Music at St Benedict�s brings together pupils and staff in a wonderful spirit of cooperation. Dicky Thomas, Director of Music at St Benedict�s School, was delighted that over eighty pupils were singing, along with many members of staff. Three of the four �Messiah� soloists currently teach singing in the School and the fourth has just left to pursue a full time contract with the English National Opera.

The Director of the Abbey Choir, Chris Eastwood, who conducted the performance, felt that Handel himself would have been pleased. �It was a big ask to get everything together given the limited time available for rehearsals but our choirs responded magnificently. The Abbey is a wonderful setting for the �Messiah� and we were all determined to do it justice.�
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