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Handel: Samson - St Peter's Singers of Leeds

Location: England, United Kingdom
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Voicing: Mixed
Handel: Samson (HWV 57)
St Peter's Singer's travel to the historic Parish Church of St John The Baptist, Karesborough to perform Handel's magnificent oratorio Samson. The concert takes place on Saturday 18 May starting at 7.00pm. The work features tenor Paul Dutton in the demanding title role, sopranos Sarah Potter and Helen Strange, alto Lucy Appleyard and basses Quentin Brown and Philip Wilcox. The National Festival Orchestra  is led by Sally Robinson and the organist is David Houlder.

“Samson” is one of Handel’s most famous works, and one in which the dramatic possibilities of the libretto are fully realised. It was composed in the “white heat” of the period following its creator’s wonderful work on “Messiah” and, with the possible exception of “Solomon”, is the choral work of Handel held most fully in the affection of the public after “Messiah”. There are beguiling solos from Delilah and heart-breaking ones from the eponymous role, including an exquisite lament at the hero’s state of blindness – “Total eclipse; no sun, no moon; all dark amidst the blaze of noon!” St Peter’s Singers Music Director, Dr Simon Lindley, has conducted over twenty performances of the work since his first effort as long ago as 1971.
Samson - Georg Friedrich Haendel
Sarah Potter - soprano
Helen Strange - soprano
Paul Dutton - tenor
Quentin Brown - bass
Philip Wilcox - bass
Alan Horsey - Harpsichord
David Houlder - organ
National Festival Orchestra
Sally Robinson - leader
St Peter's Singers
Simon Lindley - Conductor
Tickets: £12 (£8 concessions, Knaresborough schoolchildren free) available from Knaresborough Parish Church, Leeds City Centre Box Office, The Carriageworks, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD 0113 224 3801 and at the door.
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