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2017: Messiah - Handel

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Dear Music-lovers, we look forward to seeing you again at our mid-year Concert
Messiah - Handel 
on Sunday 30th July 2017, at 3pm at St Paul's Collegiate, Hukanui Road, Hamilton.

Tickets now on sale

Mid-winter Messiah in Matamata, Sunday 23rd July 2017, 3pm.
As a bonus we are also presenting in Matamata a Choral Highlights prequel to our full performance.  Led by our Music Director Rupert D'Cruze it will consist of 2 x 25 minute halves, and will feature some of the most-loved choruses from the work, including the Hallelujah Chorus, where audience participation will be encouraged - details below.

Handel in Hamilton, Sunday 30th July 2017, 3pm
The full Choir, together with our Sponsors, welcome you to Handel's Messiah.
Joined by our guest soloists Jayne Tankersley (Soprano),  Sarah Court (Alto), Iain Tetley (Tenor), Chalium Poppy (Bass), and members of the TWSO Orchestra and accompanied by David Woodcock, we will be performing a 2.5 hour programme from the Messiah under the leadership of our Music Director Rupert D'Cruze.

Matamata Tickets: are available from Gifted, 34 Arawa Street, Matmata
($10 per adult, children under 12 Free) 

Hamilton Tickets: are available from Choir members, 
or by emailing, 
or by phoning our Ticket Hotline 021 1393 796.
($30 per adult, Seniors $25, Unwaged $25, Student $20, Child  $10 (under 5 FREE)
Family (2 adults, 2 children), $70.    Group (10 seats), $200

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About the Programme:

Handel’s much-loved oratorio Messiah is traditionally performed at Christmas or Easter as it tells of the birth, death and resurrection of Christ.  By deciding to perform the work in the middle of the year, Cantando is offering the audience an uplifting mid-winter experience.

“This is a joyous work,” says Cantando’s Musical Director, Rupert D’Cruze. “Magnificent choral pieces like the Hallelujah chorus, and the Amen chorus which concludes the work, express great joy and will always lift the spirits of singers and audience alike.”

For this performance of Messiah, Cantando is very pleased to welcome soloists who have appeared with the choir in past concerts. Soprano Jayne Tankersley conducted the Hamilton Cathedral Children’s Choir as part of the Choral and Swing concert in 2016. Tenor Iain Tetley was guest conductor for Choral and Swing and bass, Chalium Poppy, performed this role when Cantando last presented Messiah in 2011. Completing the group is alto Sarah Court and the choir is delighted to have her join us for this special concert. “These fine soloists are like members of the extended Cantando family,” says Rupert “and it is a real pleasure to be working with them.” 

The work will be presented in three parts with two short intervals, and audience participation is encouraged for the Hallelujah chorus at the end of Part Two. Rupert has aimed for an authentic accompaniment, assembling a small group of instrumentalists to support the choir and soloists, much as audiences would have heard when Handel first presented the work in 1742. These talented players are all drawn from the wider Waikato musical family, and Cantando’s resident accompanist, David Woodcock, will provide the organ continuo.


Saturday November 11 2017 : Mendelssohn's ‘Elijah’in conjunction with the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra.

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