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The Messiah: Reviews

Some wonderful comments from our sold-out performance of Handel’s Messiah at St John’s, Smith Square. 

Wonderful! Perfect voices, fantastic orchestra, a beautiful evening. 5/5

No two performances of Handel’s Messiah are the same and this one was exceptional. The heavenly tones of the OSJ Voices soared to aeolian heights and provided the foil to the divine voices of Louise Wayman, Charlotte Tetly, Xavier Hetherington, Jake Muffett and Tom Mole. Handel’s oratorio sat very well in the baroque setting of St John Smith Square, a venue befitting such a noble work. Inspired by the life of Christ, Handel’s Messiah is a prayer to, and glorification of, the magnificence of God. The performance was faultless, the beauty and purity of which, did absolute justice to the intent of the work. Bravo. 5/5

A very enjoyable performance of Handel’s Messiah conducted by John Lubbock with a fine choir. The soloists Hannah Davey, Charlotte Tetley, John Finden and William Thomas. I particularly highlight John Finden in the opening recitative and aria as well as the section of recitative and arioso in part 2. Everyone stood up for the Hallelujah chorus which dates from the 18th Century. When George 2nd stood up the rest of the audience did likewise. 5/5

A really great performance, and the soloists were amazing. 5/5

A truly uplifting ‘Messiah’ in its original orchestration performed in the wonderfully appropriate Baroque setting of St John’s. An excellent start to the Christmas season. 5/5

My annual visit to St John’s Smith Square heralds the start of Christmas & this performance was as always a pleasure. Wonderful choir, soloists & musicians all in the Baroque surroundings of St John’s. Perfection. 5/5

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