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Cantando Choir and Friends: Messiah - Handel

Cantando Choir and Friends: Messiah - Handel

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  • Sun 30 Jul ’17, 3:00pm – 5:30pm


St Paul's Collegiate School, 77 Hukanui Road, Hamilton Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $30.00
  • Seniors: $25.00
  • Students: $20.00
  • Unwaged: $20.00
  • Children (under 5 years of age FREE): $10.00
  • Family (2 adults, 2 children): $70.00
  • Group (10 seats): $200.00


Cantando Choir

Cantando Choir and Ensemble invite you to a mid-winter Messiah.

Handel’s much-loved oratorio Messiah is traditionally performed at Christmas or Easter as it tells of the birth, death and resurrection of Christ. By deciding to perform the work in the middle of the year, Cantando is offering the audience an uplifting mid-winter experience.

“This is a joyous work,” says Cantando’s Musical Director, Rupert D’Cruze. “Magnificent choral pieces like the Hallelujah chorus, and the Amen chorus which concludes the work, express great joy and will always lift the spirits of singers and audience alike.”

For this performance of Messiah, Cantando is very pleased to welcome soloists who have appeared with the choir in past concerts. Soprano Jayne Tankersley conducted the Hamilton Cathedral Children’s Choir as part of the Choral and Swing concert in 2016.

Tenor Iain Tetley was guest conductor for Choral and Swing and bass, Chalium Poppy, performed this role when Cantando last presented Messiah in 2011. Completing the group is alto Sarah Court and the choir is delighted to have her join us for this special concert. “These fine soloists are like members of the extended Cantando family,” says Rupert “and it is a real pleasure to be working with them.”

The work will be presented in three parts with two short intervals, and audience participation is encouraged for the Hallelujah chorus at the end of Part Two. Rupert has aimed for an authentic accompaniment, assembling a small group of instrumentalists to support the choir and soloists, much as audiences would have heard when Handel first presented the work in 1742.

These talented players are all drawn from the wider Waikato musical family, and Cantando’s resident accompanist, David Woodcock, will provide the organ continuo.

Information on ticket prices is available on the Cantando website and tickets are available from the website, from choir members or from the ticket hotline: Phone - 021 13 93 796.

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