Event: Spring Concert 2022 - Handel's Messiah
Saturday 2nd April 2022 at 7:30pm, Harrow School Speech Room
Following the resumption of relatively normal choir activities after the worst ravages of the pandemic, we wanted to choose something special and uplifting for our first major concert of 2022. We felt that we couldn't do much better than the wonderful Handel's Messiah.
The performance will be in the historic Speech Room of Harrow School which, as those familiar with it will be aware, means effectively performing 'in-the-round'. The almost unique combination of grandeur and intimacy which this venue imparts will bring another dimension to what we anticipate being a very special occasion.
We will be accompanied by the period instruments of the renowned baroque orchestra Charivari Agréable, with whom we have performed on numerous occasions in the past, and will be joined by four first class professional soloists. Please click here for the concert poster.
Baroque OrchestraWe are delighted to welcome once again the acclaimed Charivari Agréable as our orchestra for this concert - 'one of the classiest baroque bands' (The Observer), 'specialising in the ingenious use of period instruments to produce ravishing sonorities and full-bodied textures'. (Gramophone). We have performed with them on several occasions in the past - including our last performance of Handel's Messiah 5 years ago.
SopranoSince leaving the Royal College of Music Angela has enjoyed a varied career ranging from singing Gregorian Plainchant to Musical Theatre and from Baroque recitals to contemporary Rock opera. She has given performances of St Matthew Passion with Roger Norrington, Dido and Aeneas in Japan with the Purcell Quartet, has toured Canada with Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge, Israel with the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra and Germany and Spain singing St. Matthew Passion with the English Concert. Angela is in great demand as a recitalist and cabaret artist, and has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and for many music societies and festivals and parties throughout the UK. She sings with the Choir of St. George’s Hanover Square and was a soloist for Harrow Choral Society a few years ago when we performed John Rutter's Magnificat.
Mercè Bruguera Abelló
Mezzo SopranoCatalan mezzosoprano, Mercè Bruguera is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and, as a post-graduate, studied with Catherine Wyn-Rogers and Joseph Middleton. A member of a semi-professional children’s choir from an early age, she is now singing around Europe in professional choirs as well as pursuing a career as a soloist. Operatically, Mercè made her debut as Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Her time at the Academy has included operatic experience (Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare a Fairy in Dvorak’s Rusalka) and in 2018 she won the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize as well as being a member of the prestigious Academy ‘Song Circle’ and the ‘Bach the European’ series. Recent highlights as soloist include Mozart’s Requiem in Verona and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in Barcelona. Mercè also sings regularly with the choir of St George's Hanover Square - Handel's own church.
Julian Alexander Smith
TenorBorn in Sheffield, Julian Alexander Smith began his musical education as a chorister at St.Chad’s Cathedral Birmingham and as a music scholar at Solihull School. At the age of 18 he won a Choral Scholarship to Bristol University reading Biochemistry. He furthered his studies at both Trinity College of Music and the Royal College Music, gaining a 1st Class Honours degree in Music and numerous awards. Julian began his career at Glyndebourne but is equally at home on the concert platform where he has appeared as a soloist at venues including St. John Smith Square, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and many others throughout the UK. Since leaving the Royal College of Music he has sung tenor solos in most of the major concert repertoire. He is also a regular vocal coach for Harrow Choral Society.
BassJerome was born in Harrow and is a graduate of the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he was the inaugural Gleneagles scholar. He previously trained at the Royal College of Music, London, and read Classical Studies at Edinburgh University. His solo concert highlights include Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall with the Really Big Chorus, as well as performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Dona Nobis Pacem, He regularly performs with the Dunedin Consort, recently at the BBC Proms, and has toured with them throughout the UK and Europe. Jerome was winner of the 2020 London Handel Festival Competition, and will sing recitals at the London Handel Festival and in Germany as a result. He was also a finalist in the Grange Festival International Singing Competition 2019, where he performed with the Academy of Ancient Music, and was awarded the Villa Medici Prize.
Tickets cannot be purchased for past events.
Return to previous page