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Staged Messiah at St John’s Smith Square

Messiah Hug

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A SPECIAL and unusual production of Handel’s Messiah, directed by John Ramster, culminates its tour on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at St John’s Smith Square – its only London date.

This staged production with twelve singers, who perform from memory, with organ accompaniment (by Chad), has enthralled audiences since its first tour in 2011.

Ramster’s dramatisation is inspired by the universal story of birth, death and resurrection.

His production of Handel’s Messiah offers an intimate and personal insight into the meditations of 12 strangers as they question their faith. Each travels an emotional journey as despair, anger and doubt give way to hope, joy and a renewed belief in God and Humanity. As the singers move around the church and interact with each other the audience is drawn into their individual stories.

John Ramster has an international career directing in the UK, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Serbia. He is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, directing Eugene Onegin, The Lighthouse and Dido and Aeneas there this year. His future work includes Le nozze di Figaro for Turku Opera in Finland and completing a novel about Handel.

The cast of Handel’s Messiah includes Larissa Blackshaw, Daisy Brown, Rhonda Browne, Lucy Goddard, Tim Hamilton, Thomas Herford, WeiHsi Hu, Rod Morris, Matthew Quirk, Daniel Roddick, Kate Symonds-Joy and Glenn Tweedie.

Produced by The Merry Opera Company, Handel’s Messiah has costume design by Michelle Bradbury and wardrobe by Pedrick Moore. Musical Director and Conductor is Stephen Hose (Music Director for The Merry Opera Company’s productions of The Magic Flute, La Traviata and Troy Boy/La Belle Hélène and Music Director for OperaUK) and Assistant Director is Preece Killick.

Tickets: £18 – available from the box office on 020 7222 1061 or online at www.sjss.org.uk/.

Time: 3pm.