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With three self-presented concerts and a number of other engagements it’s going to be a busy year for the choir.
For the last few years the annual ‘Messiah’ has been a NZSO initiative and conducting duties have been shared by a number of Australians and the baroque specialist Nicholas McGegan. This year it was back, for the third time, to Graham Abbott, a conductor who was conducting his 75th performance of the work.
The orchestral playing was immensely incisive with the off stage band beautifully managed, and the combined choirs, from their hushed entrance to the blazing finish, were wonderfully taut and confident.