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.