Lower Windrush Choral Society
Lower Windrush Choral Society

Handel: Judus Maccabaeus

Witney Methodist Church, 40 High St, Witney OX28 6HG Saturday 2nd June 2018, 7.00 pm

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 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).

 

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