We've done 2 performances of Handel's Messiah from scratch - the full work (with a few judicial cuts!) at Easter, and most recently Part I for Christmas. Messiah from scratch is a great way to get to know this fabulous work.
JESU, MEINE FREUDE
This talk with musical illustrations was done for Laughton Village Choir. It explored the context and music of one of Bach's greatest motets.
“I was told as a boy that I couldn't sing, and now I've sung Messiah - one of my favourite pieces.”
“I've learned lots I didn't know about baroque music - I'll remember the rule of three even in Christmas carols!”
“Your talk on Bach was really informative. I can't wait for the next one!”
About Katie: Katie read history at St Andrews and Cambridge, and has taught history to teenagers and musicology to undergraduates. She's published articles on Handel, and regularly gives talks on early and baroque music. As well as singing with various choirs over the years, she has directed a Cambridge college choir, and is director of Byrdsong. Her blog is here.