Israel in Egypt - Brandenburg Baroque Sinfonia

I participated in a performance of Handel’s oratorio 'Israel in Egypt’ with Twickenham Choral Society at All Saints Church in Kingston-upon-Thames. Christopher Herrick directed the choir and the Brandenburg Baroque Sinfonia. I played second trumpet to Neil Brough.

The rehearsal was very well organised and it ran exactly to the timings that the director had planned - starting with full forces and diminishing as the rehearsal progressed. This was very well planned and executed. The church seemed to be well-attended for the concert in the evening and the choir of around 100 singers gave a pleasing performance of this demanding work by Handel. The warm weather meant that the interval took place mostly outside of the church, in the evening sunshine.

Russell Gilmour
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