Last Friday, December 12th, saw this term’s concert given by the Imperial College Union Choir in the Great Hall under the baton of their director, Therees Hibbard.
This term's chosen work was Handel's "Israel in Egypt", first published in its present form in 1771 and often labelled as his most ambitious oratorio. "Israel in Egypt" is a primarily plot-driven work following the Book of Exodus from the Bible with a few Psalms thrown in for good measure. Whilst the text is predominantly lifted straight from the bible, Handel sets it well with both clever arrangements of music borrowed from other composers and his own work.
The choir gave a sound and enjoyable performance throughout both parts of this dynamic work, well supported by their backing orchestra, with notable performances from the guest soloists, Emily Benson (1st Soprano), Eliana Pretorian (2nd Soprano), Richard Scott (Counter Tenor), Nathan Vale (Tenor), Dawid Kimberg (1st Baritone) & James Harrison (2nd Baritone).
The Choir's very own Chamber Choir will be singing carols by candlelight this Wednesay December 17th at Holy Trinity Church on Prince Consort Road from 6pm with mince pies and wine to follow. Next term the choir is planning to perform Elgar’s “Dream of Gerontius” and if the choir continues on their current form it will no doubt be well worth attending.