We began rehearsals for the December 15 performance of Handel's Messiah on Tuesday 29 October at High Church, Hilton (7:30—9:30 p.m.) and rehearsals will continue at the same times and at the same venue until Tuesday 10 December. Full rehearsals with soloists and orchestra will take place from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday 14 (High Church, Hilton) and Sunday 15 December (Aberdeen Music Hall). Please note that the performance begins at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday 15 December.

You can buy a rehearsal CD or a download/stream of your part from Choraline. A 10% discount is available for choir members - use the code ABERDEEN. Cyberbass have streamed parts online at no cost (downloadable for a fee).

At the first rehearsal on Tuesday 29 October, Peter recommended listening to the recording of Messiah by The English Concert & Choir under Trevor Pinnock, available on YouTube or on CD (download on iTunes).

December 2019 Weekly Rehearsal Schedule

Date

Venue

Items

Tue 29 Oct

High Church Hilton

Introduction to Messiah – compositional context and the libretto.
Sing through as many of the choruses as possible, in order

Tue 5 Nov

High Church Hilton

Handel in Dublin and the first performance.
Work in detail at choruses 12, 37, 46, 53.

Tue 12 Nov

High Church Hilton

Handel’s use of Musical Rhetoric in Messiah.
Consolidation on choruses 12, 37, 46, 53.
Work in detail at choruses 4, 9, 28, 33.

Tue 19 Nov

High Church Hilton

Consolidation of choruses 4, 9, 28, 33.
Work in detail at choruses 24, 25, 26, 35.
Sing through previous choruses rehearsed as required/time permits

Tue 26 Nov

High Church Hilton

Consolidation of choruses 24, 25, 26, 35.
Work in detail at choruses 7, 17, 22, 51.
Sing through previous choruses rehearsed as required/time permits.

Tue 3 Dec

High Church Hilton

Consolidation of choruses 7, 17, 22, 51.
Work in detail at 33, 39, 41, 53.
Sing through previous choruses rehearsed as required/time permits.

Tue 10 Dec

High Church Hilton

All choruses as required/time permits.

Sat 14 Dec
14:00-17:00

High Church Hilton

All choruses as required and soprano arias with orchestra.

Sun 15 Dec
14:00-17:00

Aberdeen Music Hall

Entire work with all soloists and orchestra.