How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things
There is nothing like a presidential presence to pep up the sense of occasion and there was a capacity house at UCH Limerick when President Michael D Higgins arrived with his entourage for the performance of Handel's evergreen oratorio, Messiah by Limerick Choral Union and Orchestra. Considering that there must have been a plethora of Messiahs in spitting distance of the Áras, it was quite a coup to have an tUachtaráin in the house. This was the third time that I have had the pleasure of performing this work with the Choral Union and on this occasion, although all the soloists (all with strong connections to the region), aquitted themselves well and the orchestra played with suitable brio it was the choir themselves who stole the show.
Stuart O Sullivan's continuo was the solid lynchpin it needs to be to glue this work together, varying the sound occasionally to organ to good effect and Will Palmer's soprano trumpet was suitably splendid, filling the large auditorium with bright thrilling sound.
'Messiah, like the celebration of Christmas, is sufficiently rich and complex to speak to a range of human needs and emotions, irrespective of its' immediate Judaeo-Christian framework'
from programme note by Dr. Paul Collins
Previous posts featuring LCU
Report on LCU's performance of Jenkin's Stabat Mater 2010
Best gigs of 2010
* ( It seems a pity that UCH doesn't encourage patrons to linger following performances with bar and café closed )