I attended the Really Big Chorus event - Messiah from Scratch. Imagine this - one whole side of the hall was for the Altos - all dressed in red, the other whole side was for sopranos - all dressed in red. The men were up next to the organ. And the orchestra and soloists were on the floor of the hall. There was only room for a few hundred in the audience - with almost 4000 in the choir!! We were a mix of very good well rehearsed choirs, with many enthusiastic amateurs in among - I was definitely in the second category. Highlights for me were a young tenor soloist who sang 'Comfort ye, my people' so beautifully it brought tears to my eyes! And the second highlight was the sheer volume of the sopranos as we sang the Hallelujah Chorus. I reached notes much higher than usual for me - felt like I was carried up by the weight of the combined voices. It has transformed my relationship with the book of Isaiah in the Old Testement - when I read it I hear the choir singing ... 'and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace!!' I'll never forget it! 

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