King’s Lynn Festival Chorus

ALISON CROOSE St Nicholas' Chapel, King's Lynn


St Nicholas' Chapel, King's Lynn

Christmas began in style for the hundreds who packed the chapel to enjoy a spine-tingling performance of Handel's glorious Messiah.

The chorus departed from their traditional pattern of carols and Christmas music for their December entertainment by taking on the mighty challenge of a seasonal masterpiece.

Their renowned choral director Michael Kibblewhite brought together all the vital elements to create a triumphant occasion which fully deserved the standing ovation which greeted the final Amen.

The 100-strong chorus is full of enthusiasm and determination, and Mr Kibblewhite continues to lift them to new heights. They had the added inspiration of the dynamically versatile Brandenburg Sinfonia and four accomplished soloists, Bibi Heal (soprano), Diana Moore (mezzo-soprano), Christopher Diffey (tenor) and Callum Thorpe (bass).

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Mr Kibblewhite drew together all the threads, creating notable interaction between soloists and orchestra. All this delightful shared musicality was enacted in the ideal setting of the beautiful chapel where the famed acoustic enabled all aspects of the music and singing to be appreciated to the full.

According to tradition the audience stood for a thrilling delivery of the Hallelujah Chorus and remained on their feet to applaud.

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