Reading Haydn Choir present the Messiah
March 29, 2012
They may be a small group but the sound the Reading Haydn Choir will be making at their spring concert will be big.
Having chosen to perform Handel’s classical masterpiece the Messiah the choir has been busy rehearsing for the concert at St John's Parish Church on Saturday.
The piece has previously been described as a commentary on Jesus' nativity, passion, resurrection and ascension and is often performed at Christmas and Easter.
The Reading Haydn Choir, which was formed in 1970, will be joined by four soloists from a wide ranging musical background.
Soprano Rebecca van den Berg from Sussex has had an extensive career as part of the Glyndebourne Chorus, where she understudied the roles of Despina in Cosi fan tutte and Norina in Don Pasquale. She has also performed recitals in England and Europe as well as opening the New European Opera recital series in Paris.
The singer will be joined by alto Charlotte Stephenson who has performed at venues such as Cadogan Hall, St Martin in the Fields and St John’s Smiths Square.
Accompanying the female voices will be tenor Rob Johnston and baritone Matthew Stiff. Rob is a full-time member of the BBC Singers but also has a busy solo career.
It will not be his first time performing the Messiah as he sung the piece under acclaimed conductor, organist and composer, Sir David Willcocks.
Matthew studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he graduate with a distinction.
After graduating he took operatic roles including Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro, the Marquis in La Traviata and Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola.
The quartet of singers will be adding extra depth to the Reading Haydn Choir, along with the Reading Vivaldo Ensemble, for a sensational Easter concert.
The performance will take place at St John's Parish Church in Mortimer Common on Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets are £13 adults, £10 concessions and £5 children under 17. They can be bought on the door or by visiting email@example.com