Christmas Concert 2013

Handels Messiah Soulful Celebration

 

In collaboration with a number of artists and key supporting organisations Renewal Choir delivered a magnificent production of, “Handel’s Messiah – Soulful Celebration in Bristol”….a musical feast of Movement, Music and magnetism. The event was a highly dynamic and inspired repertoir containing contributions from choirs, dancers, musicians and poets.

bernard compere

 

About the Production

 Handel’s Messiah, A Soulful Celebration is an African-American arrangement of the oratorios that make up Handel’s Messiah.  The arrangement consists of a blend of elements of jazz, soul, reggae and hip hop with the traditional classical genre. The project first appeared in the year 1993 on CD and won a Grammy award in the category ”Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album“.

 The Soulful Celebration shows that a good melody can survive for centuries.  This modern adaptation of The Messiah, produced by Quincy Jones, Mervyn Warren and Michael O. Jackson, builds on the melodies of Handel to form an excellent arrangement. The lyrics of Charles Jennens, arranged from various Bible verses, are solemn and weighty.  They are what differentiate Gospel music from popular music. Our Soulful Celebration paints a picture of a range of styles covered within black music and how they developed. 

 

 

 Kimmo directing

 

philip playing

 

Artist Line Up

 

Event Host Renewal Choir
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Geraldine and Cary Luce
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Maxine Barclay &  Joanne Howell
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UWE Gospel Choir
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Ikay Agu
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Floss Dance Group
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St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School Gospel Choir
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Miles Chambers
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Janine Morris
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Mark Goodway

The designated charity for the event was the Inns Court Centre in Knowle West, Bristol where a total of £1,748 was raised by the choir to contribute to the Centre’s efforts to “rise from the ashes” following a devastating cut to funding which has placed this vital community resource under serious threat of closure. Mark Goodway who is assisting the Centre with fund raising efforts and the development of a sustainability strategy gave a simple yet powerful appeal for support on the night.
Mark Godway

Pictures taken by Photographer Wayne Hutchinson

 

Musicians

Phil Barclay (Music Director)  – Keys

Leeroy Adams – Keys

Charlie Campbell – Guitar

Rich Powell – Drums

Eddie Campbell – Bass

Steve Powell – Keys

Lester Freckleton – Guitar

Nigel Ipinson – Flemming

Cary Luce – Keys

Nathan, John, Phil and Mark- Brass

 

 

 Posted on : September 3, 2014