Written by Sammy Chen, Year 11
On Friday 18th March, GCSE music students were offered the opportunity to see a full performance of the Baroque oratorio "Messiah". Handel's Messiah is a large-scale, religious work written for solo voices, a choir, and an orchestra, and includes one movement in the GCSE music syllabus, which made the event very relevant to us. The performance lasted three and a half hours, including a much appreciated interval.
Personally, I found the performance a thoroughly enlightening and enjoyable experience, particularly when I was able to apply what I learned in Music lessons to the live version. There is so much to take in from such a long and intense work, but it stayed interesting with the very frequent changes between instrumental movements and choir, solo and duet. The performance was excellent, or it would have been a challenging 3.5 hours! I learnt a lot from listening to the vocal techniques of the soloists.
Zhi Wei, a Year 10 Alice Smith student and talented trumpeter, performed in the orchestra. It feels great to know someone who has extended his musical interests beyond the school's sphere and once again, I feel proud to be a part of the musical community at Alice Smith.
For anyone who didn't take up the opportunity to expand their understanding about music as an art form, I strongly recommend that you participate in one whenever possible. Everyone gains something from these (somewhat rare) performances.
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