Magic of Mes­siah

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be some singing, danc­ing and a whole lot of Christ­mas cheer when the Gold Coast City Choir brings Han­del’s Mes­siah to life on Sun­day. Mes­siah – ar­guably the most pop­u­lar ora­to­rio ever writ­ten – tells the story of the birth of Christ and is per­formed the world over to her­ald Christ­mas. Gold Coast City Choir di­rec­tor and ac­claimed mezzo so­prano Ruth Gurner says au­di­ences should pre­pare to be ‘‘as­tounded and up­lifted by the su­perb work’’. ‘‘Many mu­si­cians con­sider Han­del’s Mes­siah to be the finest choral com­po­si­tion ever writ­ten,’’ she says. ‘‘Ev­ery year, all around the world, Han­del’s Mes­siah – from which the mighty Hal­lelu­jah Cho­rus is so of­ten used in TV ad­ver­tise­ments and on the ra­dio – is per­formed herald­ing Christ­mas. In Bris­bane, it is per­formed an­nu­ally by the ma­jor choirs and here on the Gold Coast our choir al­ways gives a per­for­mance ev­ery Christ­mas. We are the only ma­jor tra­di­tional choral group on the Coast able to per­form this mag­nif­i­cent ora­to­rio full of won­der­ful cho­ruses and solo pieces telling the story of Christ.’’ Formed in 1969, the 60-voice Gold Coast City Choir is the largest mixed-voice community choir in the re­gion. It stages ma­jor con­certs at Easter, mid-year and Christ­mas and per­forms at Anzac Day and other civic events, hosts work­shops and raises funds for char­i­ties.

The Gold Coast City Choir presents Han­del’s at South­port Unit­ing Church on Sun­day at 2pm (tick­ets $10) and its an­nual

at Gar­dens on Lind­field, at Helensvale, on De­cem­ber 8 at 12.30pm. Visit gold­coastc­i­ty­choir.com

Ruth Gurner

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