23 Mar 2019

Eric WHITACRE: Alleluia; HANDEL: Hallelujah Chorus, from Messiah

From Music Alive, 8:00 pm on 23 March 2019
Inspirare at St Mary of the Angels, Wellington

Inspirare at St Mary of the Angels, Wellington Photo: Gareth Jesse White

A 2011 setting of Alleluia by Eric Whitacre. Whitacre says, “I’m not an atheist but I’m not a Christian either, and for my entire career I have resisted setting texts that could be used in a liturgical context. But after spending a term in 2010 singing in Cambridge with the Chapel Choir of Sidney Sussex College, I began to see the deep wisdom in the liturgical service. I found myself suddenly open to the history and the beauty of the poetry, and it was the single word Alleluia, ‘praise God’, that most enchanted me.”

Then, Inspirare with the audience in the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul joining in, sing the famous Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s 'Messiah'. The trumpeter is Toby Pringle and Michael Stewart accompanies on the organ.

Recorded 23 March 2019, Wellington Cathedral of St Paul by RNZ Concert

Producer: David McCaw

Engineer: Darryl Stack