Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

{Choristers Prepare} {an Angelic Concert}

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

{Choristers Prepare} {an Angelic Concert}

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Byline: Fallon Hudson

HANDEL'S Messiah may have been composed in 1741 but the music still lives on today through the angelic voices of the Mackay Choral Society.

This Sunday the society will perform their free concert at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, which this year will celebrate the Christmas season through the story of Jesus Christ at 4pm.

The concert, which will feature the choir along with soloists and the orchestra, is conducted by Kim Kirkman.

On Thursday evening I was lucky enough to listen to the choir and orchestra rehearse at the Conservatorium of Music, where they practised the intricate melodies, notes and flow of one of the world's most famous pieces of classical music.

As I listened to the story of the anointed one through lyrics and music, it was in that moment that the true meaning of Christmas was present.

During the rehearsal conductor Kim Kirkman was encouraging and would not rest until the overall sound of the choir was perfected. He also wanted to make sure that the emotion and feeling of the story was told and spoke of the importance of storytelling.

"Handel's Messiah to me is more like musical theatre more so than classical music.

"The words are really, really powerful and meaningful - try to feel something and make them powerful."

He said that once they achieved this the music becomes more interesting for the performers and the audience.

Mr Kirkman said it was one of his favourite pieces of choral work and has been singing Handel's Messiah for the best part of 20 years, even performing in London.

"It is quite a challenging piece and was written for professional singers."

He said that the society have been rehearsing for the past three months, once a week.

Mackay Choral Society vice-president Ken Martin, who has been with the society for the past 30 years, said Handel's Messiah is one of the most daunting pieces of music to learn. …

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