Bath is looking forward to advent, when Bath Choral Society will sing its celebrated annual concerts of Handel Messiah. These renowned performances of the nation’s favourite choral masterpiece promise to be a highlight of the festive season. They take place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December 2012 at 7.30pm in Bath Abbey and early booking is advised.
New Musical Director Will Dawes will build on Matthew Bale’s legacy and the choir’s deep understanding of the work, performing again with the superb Bristol Ensemble. They are joined by talented soloists Alexandra Kidgell, Christopher Field, James Oxley and Gareth John, who will make the most of the Abbey’s rich acoustic in the beautiful arias for which the work is famous.
This follows two Messiah concerts by Bath Choral Society last year that were received with exceptional critical acclaim under the baton of Jeremy Summerly, founder of the Oxford Camarata. “... a superbly crafted Messiah. The architecture was well nigh perfect ... The tempi were immaculately judged, the choral sound carefully nuanced and expertly shaded to create the contrasts which make this a work of genius...A most memorable Messiah.” Bath Chronicle, December 2011.