…went up to Blackheath. On January 10, at All Saints Church, over twenty members of LCS joined a scratch performance of Part 1 of Handel’s Messiah, with the Hallelujah Chorus as a bonus. The rehearsal and performance were directed by Ben Saul with hallmark good humour. (Ben is a former Music Director at All Saints, now at St Thomas, Canterbury, but better known to LCS members as sometime harmonium and tanpura player).
The scratch choir was joined by an impressive quartet of young amateur soloists and an eager scratch orchestra. As Ben pointed out, this was a chance to squeeze the last ounce out of Christmas and some eighty singers turned up. Wendy Doyle (LCS sopranos) commented ‘It was good to meet and sing with members of other South London choirs. Some people came who had not sung since school or university and who noted how friendly singers are. LCS was well represented in all sections and as Dan had taught us so well we were able to help raise the roof in the Hallelujah chorus!’ The Scratch Messiah was in aid of the organ restoration fund at All Saints and the day raised £850.
[Image: David Quarmby]