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Abbott leads a reflective and dramatic ‘Messiah’

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.

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What the critics say

A packed Cathedral was here treated to a concert of variety and solid achievement…. the choir sang beautifully, and the halo effect of the Cathedral’s acoustics suited it ideally.

    John Button, Dominion post

…I thought the chorus work among the best I’d ever heard in a “live” Messiah performance’

    Peter mechen, Middle C