Handel - Messiah - Esher

Venturing into the 18th Century, the Monteverdi String Band performed Handel’s ‘Messiah’ with The Ripieno Choir (directed by David Hansell) in the London suburb of Esher on Saturday 19th of November 2016. The Monteverdi String Band was joined by two oboes, a bassoon, two trumpets and timpani for the performance of Handel’s glorious ‘Messiah’.

In this, their 70th Anniversary Concert, The Ripieno Choir sang impressively, giving a very convincing (unabridged) performance of this well-known work. All Saints′ Church on Weston Green in Esher was sold-out for this performance - good attendance always makes for a good concert atmosphere. The soloists, Jenny Hansell (soprano), Jacqueline Connell (contralto), Paul Young (tenor) and Jozik Kotz (bass) were all excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed playing the aria ‘The Trumpet Shall Sound’ with the latter.

Russell Gilmour
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