Performed by the Lower Windrush Choral Society with an invited orchestra
Music Director: Terry
Orchestra leader: Sharon Lindo
Handel's three-part oratorio Judas
Maccabaeus was planned as a compliment to the victorious Prince William, Duke of Cumberland after his victory over Charles Edward Stuart the
Pretender at the battle of Culloden in 1746. It tells the tale of the
Israelites’ resistance of their Syrian conquerors in the second century BC, and it was an immediate success with the public. By the
time of Handel’s death in 1759, Judas Maccabaeus had become the composer’s second most popular oratorio (with 33 London performances, compared with 36 for Messiah). It isn’t
hard to see why: this thrilling work is full of rousing choruses, beautiful duets and passionate arias. Even if you think you don’t know any of it, you’ll be sure to recognise the chorus “See,
the conquering hero comes”, the tune being perhaps better known as the hymn “Thine be the glory”.
Accompanied by four soloists and a small orchestra, the choir will be singing a significantly
shortened version of the work.
Tickets: £12 (£13 on the door), under-18s free, will
be available nearer the time from choir members and from local shops. Also available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/lowerwindrush (small booking fee applies).