Handel’s Messiah Comes to Thames

This evening, Andrew and I attended a performance of Handel’s Messiah at St. George’s Anglican Church, and it was amazing.  I think I’ve never heard all of Messiah, and the one time I tried listening to it, was on a CD.  But this live performance was wonderful.

Our friend Elizabeth Jones organized and produced the entire show, and then she sang with the choir as just another of the gang.  A gang of about 80 singers!  When the choir crescendoed, my heart soared.

 St. George’s Anglican Church is the oldest church in Thames, and it is amazing.  Made of kauri wood with an open architecture.  If you come to Thames, be sure to take time to walk inside to see it.  And if you can arrange the time so that you can hear the pipe organ, so much the better.

It was standing room only for this performance of Handel’s Messiah.  We’re glad we arrived half an hour early.  Still, there were two empty seats right on the front row, though almost every other seat was already taken.  So, we got to see (and hear) everything right up close.  It was great.

Handel's Messiah in Thames, New Zealand

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