Compass - Fly on the Wall Messiah
We go behind the scenes to reveal the characters, stress, hard work and exhilaration of one group's presentation of Handel's Messiah. Every year since 1941 the Sydney Combined Churches Choir, this year with 700 voices, has come together to perform 'Messiah' in the week before Christmas. They start rehearsals at St Stephen's Church in early October, and final performances are at the Sydney Town Hall. The SBS Youth Orchestra accompanies the choir and soloists, and money raised is distributed by charity.
The choir has a wide range of ages, backgrounds and levels of experience. Some members have been taking part for over 30 years, while others are first timers. This program will introduce some of the participants, and follow them through the demands, stresses and excitement of rehearsals, dress rehearsals and the final performance.
Featured in this Christmas edition of Compass is tenor soloist, Ben Loomes, who is performing Messiah for the first time; members of three generations of the Sommers family - Helen in her seventies, her nieces Janice and Carol in their fifties, and Janice's 23 year old daughter Janelle - who are all veteran members of the choir with over 70 years participation between them; and 90 year old Reg Hincks who has also sung in choirs all his life. His aim is to be still singing at the age of 100.
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