The Shoalhaven Lydian Singers presented a weekend of Handel’s Messiah in Berry and Nowra before Christmas 2017, then in Ulladulla and Kiama just before Easter 2018.
With some 50 choir members, seven instrumentalists, four soloists and musical director Lesley Challender delighting the audience with powerful, emotional and uplifting singing, all 4 concerts were well attended, with Berry and Nowra being sold out completely. It was wonderful to also offer this much-loved work in the southern and northern churches, in part to celebrate The Lydians 40th anniversary.
The choir was formed in 1977, by the late Don Dudgeon. Only one of the founding members, Noni Rogan, still sings with the choir.
For all performances except in Berry, an organ from All Organs Australia was brought in for the day, creating a breathtaking sound.
Praise from our audience:
We must congratulate you on the wonderful performance of The Messiah! It was an excellent production and absolutely to your credit, Lesley. I realise how much work and how much stress would have gone into it but it certainly gave many folk a boost of Christmas spirit, judging by the comments I’m still hearing. Helen T.
What a splendid job you all did yesterday. It was a thrill to be able to hear it from the front for once. The soloists were excellent and the choir was in very fine form, particularly the altos, and of course Denis (on Trumpet) was outstanding.
Well done for all your hard and detailed work. Peter B.
It was an absolute pleasure to sing the Messiah with you all.
Thank you for the amazing opportunity to not only perform my very FIRST Messiah but also the opportunity to sing the beautiful contralto solos.
I am very much looking forward to singing it again come March and am telling everyone I know that missed it, that it was a fantastic concert and they MUST come next year.
The choir sounded amazing! Testament to everyone’s hard work and your professional and enthusiastic conducting Lesley. Well Done! Nicole S.