Handel’s Messiah 23rd Nov 2019 Full Review

SINGING THE PRAISES OF LUMINOSA

Messiah: Luminosa Voices Autumn Concert St. Andrew’s, Farnham, Saturday. November 23rd

 

CAN we get a Hallelujah for Luminosa Voices and their musical companions? They deserve a lot of praise as their performance of The Messiah was tailor-made for the rich acoustic confines of St Andrew’s.

The Farnham church was the splendid venue for the group’s autumn concert on November 23rd and the perfect setting for Handel’s much-loved masterpiece.

Photo Credit: Vernon Nash
Photo Credit: Vernon Nash

It was performed in a baroque style with euphonic 18th century orchestration by the Surrey Chamber Players and organist Richard Copeland. There were also fine, sensitive and evocative solo performances from Michaela Parry (contralto), Ben Cooper (bass) and Ed Hughes (tenor). Rebekah Abbott, choral director of Luminosa, demonstrated yet again her deft professionalism and musical multi-tasking in her superlative singing of the soprano solo simultaneously conducting the choir of 80 singers.

 Photo Credit: Vernon Nash
Photo Credit: Vernon Nash

Luminosa put in a precise, exciting and powerful performance enjoyed by an audience of almost 300 people. They also tangibly relished their moment to stand, as is tradition, for the rousing and iconic Hallelujah Chorus. A collection for the choir’s chosen charity, Cystic Fibrosis at Frimley Green, raised £1,000, adding to a hefty sum already raised by the choir and their generous audiences throughout the year.

 

Next year is a milestone for Luminosa as the group will celebrate a decade of making wonderful music. Classical fans should circle March 28th on their calendar as Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Cecilia McDowall’s Da Vinci Requiem and Alison Willis’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum will be performed at the newly-refurbished All Saints Church, Odiham at 7:30pm. More information can be found at: www.luminosamusic.com 

 

Originally published in the Farnham Herald, 5th Dec 2019