Conductor: Jonathan Willcocks
We were joined for the performance by the wonderful baroque orchestra Canzona and a team of professional soloists. March 208 heard a performance of Handel's Messiah, conducted by our Festival Conductor, Jonathan Willcocks, who writes:-
Dear Leith Hill Messiah choir,
Congratulations on a really exciting and vibrant performance of Messiah in Dorking yesterday!
I was really thrilled with the way that you all rose to the occasion and brought to life so much of what we worked hard to develop during our series of rehearsals together. There was a wonderfully vibrant feel to the whole evening - we were strongly served by our soloists and orchestra, but at the heart of this great work has to be the choir, and you really delivered.
I am very grateful to Ben, who did so much to develop choral confidence in the rehearsals that he led, and to Jean for her stalwart accompanying - returning from her broken arm with such commitment earlier than we could imagine!
I like to think that Vaughan Williams would have been very proud of us, and do put the date of the next year's J S Bach - St. John Passion (Sunday March 10th 2019) firmly in your diaries. The rehearsals for that concert will again be a mixed pattern of Fridays evenings and Sundays afternoons beginning in January 2019.
Ever onwards - and I look forward to seeing you all soon at the main Festival from Thurs April 12th to Saturday April 14th - either as singers or as audience. We have a great series of concerts in store.
Very best wishes, and thank you all - Jonathan