Handel’s Messiah – Soulful Celebration
Taking it Up Another Level
This year Renewal Choir and friends will be performing the exhilarating and exciting favourite of Renewal’s audiences over the years. The magnificently moving production of Handel’s Messiah, Soulful Celebration at St Georges, Bristol is set to elevate the audience to a new level of experience of the power of soul stirring gospel music. Teaming up with a set of distinguished artists from around the country, this collaboration is poised to deliver a musical feast to savour right across the Christmas period. Watch this space for updates.
About the Production
Handel’s Messiah, A Soulful Celebration is an interpretation of the arias and choruses from the popular oratorio known as “Handel’s Messiah which uses various genres of African-American music. 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 1992 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.