Handel’s Messiah – Soulful Celebration
Taking it Up Another Level
We knew this year event was going to be more exciting than ever as we were pretty much sold out of tickets a couple weeks before the concert. The exhilaration, excitement and anticipation for what was in store was heighten all the more by the stunning looking choir entry to the auditorium. The elegantly styled ladies and the dapperly dressed gents moved in a graceful “step-touch” rhythm down the isles from the back of the hall to the stage to take up positions to start the performance of Handel’s Messiah, Soulful Celebration at St Georges, Bristol on Friday 30th of November 2018.
What The Audience Said
With a packed house and an excited choir we were very keen to hear what the audience had to say about the evening. Here are just a few audience quotes from the evening:
“What a great way to build community in Bristol. Excellent.”
“Amazing atmosphere and great choir.”
“The choir are so talented and they put on an entertaining show. I love gospel music and some of the songs really moved me.”
“I really enjoyed the Renewal concert especially the second half.. money well spent”
“such a lovely evening a relaxed , informal ,joyful celebration.”
The choir was on great form with some fabulous lead vocals from Sharon, Rebecca,Leslie, Tisha, Astrid and Kevin (who led out the Christmas Carol with the audience) bringing a soul stirring gospel lift to a packed house.
Renewal also teamed up with a strong line up of distinguished gospel artist from near and far for a awesome and memorable night of gospel.
Renewal Choir Performance
By all accounts Renewal were in great voice on the night and made the best sound ever for an end of year concert hosted by us. Kim took the The bold decision to include the a capella number “O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings”. This song took the choir way out of our comfort zone with some really “out there” harmonies that couldn’t hide behind musical accompaniment.
We rose to the challenge and with Kim’s awesome directing, teaching and hard work on the run up to the concert combined (with the brilliant help of Sharon Wilson, Janet Whitelock and Kevin Francis and others in the choir) the result was really quite special. It’s great when a plan comes together and when audience and choir alike are left at the end of the evening feeling euphoric and bursting with joy.
The dynamic dancing of Sharlene brought a wonderful flow of a medley of music with movement to get the night off to a enchanted start. Later, the audience was treated to the wonderful vocals of the multi talented Sharlene who sang a duet with Wayne Ellington on the song entitled “Comfort Ye”
Wayne sang several numbers on event night treating the audience to much food for the Soul as he gave a display of vocal gymnastic tastefully delivered in a varied range of music style. Wayne’s vocal control provided an outstanding example of control and power as he effortlessly glided through each of the songs Behold a Virgin Shall Conceive, Why Do the Nations so Furiously Rage?, Hallelujah Chorus (lead vocal) and he even threw in a familiar number “Unforgettable”too in his unforgettable performance.
Roella played the sax to the instrumental track “Behold the Lamb”. When it comes to age, she was the baby of the bunch of guest artist, but what she might lack in years of experience she certainly made up for in depth of musical feeling and and execution.
Local gospel artist Janine showed she has what it takes to deliver a fantastic rendition of the song “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth” despite a few last minute technical issues which threatened to derail her efforts on the evening. Janine showed herself to be an unflappable and formidable talent with an ability to delver with excellence.
Phil our calm, cool MD put together a strong line up of musicians to make the whole evening pop and vibe as a wonderful complement to the singing for the evening. Big thanks goes out to Richard, Paul, Leeyroy, Charlie, Eddie, Lester and Steve for bringing their “A” game to the proceedings.