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The Christmas Music from Handel's 'Messiah'


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Handel Messiah: part 1 (up to & including Glory to God) plus Hallelujah & Amen choruses

Adrienne Cole, Soprano; Nancy Evans, Contralto; Webster Booth, Tenor; Stanley Clarkson, Bass
Huddersfield Choral Society
Chorus-Master, Herbert Bardgett

BBC Northern Orchestra
(Leader, Reginald Stead)
Recit. (tenor)
Comfort ye, my people, with your God
Air (tenor)
Every valley shall be exalted
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
Recit. (bass)
Thus saith the Lord of Hosts
Air (bass)
But who may abide the day of His coming?
Recit. (contralto)
Behold! A Virgin shall conceive and hear a Son
Air (alto) and chorus
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
Recit. (bass) For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
Air (bass)
The people that walked In darkness
For unto us a Child is born
Pastoral Symphony
Recit. (soprano)
There were shepherds abiding in field
Recit. (soprano)
And lo! the Angel of the Lord came upon them
Recit. (soprano)
And the Angel said unto them
Recit. (soprano)
And suddenly there was with the Angel
Glory to God
The broadcast will end with the final chorus: 'Worthy is the Lamb,' and the 'Amen'

From the Town Hall, Huddersfield.
At 9.15


Singer: Adrienne Cole (soprano)
Singer: Nancy Evans (contralto)
Singer: Webster Booth (tenor)
Singer: Stanley Clarkson (bass)
Choir: Huddersfield Choral Society
Chorus-Master: Herbert Bardgett
Orchestra: BBC Northern Orchestra
Orchestra Leader: Reginald Stead
Conducted by: Sir Malcolm Sargent
Presented for television by: Philip Bate

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The Christmas Music from Handel's 'Messiah'

BBC Television, 16 December 1953 21.15

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