Performed by the Lower Windrush Choral Society with an invited orchestra
Music Director: Terry McNamara
Orchestra leader: Sharon Lindo
Soprano: Aileen Thomson
Alto: Sophie Kent
Tenor: Deryck Webb
Bass: Quentin Hayes
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 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).