Sunday, 18th February 2018
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On Sunday 3rd December in St. Johns Church, the capacity audience of over 650 people were treated to a very special evening, the complete version of Handel's Messiah. From the moment one entered the church we were brought into a beautiful venue, looking immaculate with the stage and lights, St. Johns never looked so spiritual and engrossing. The line of people attending, stretching from the church door to the local bar area, was a sight to behold, as large scale choral and orchestral works came back to the City of Waterford with a bang, and long overdue. As part of Winterval, Project Music Management and Notable Works brought the City to life, with a chorus just brimming with enthusiasm, musicality and passion. Their singing inspired the soloists Niamh Murray, Sandra Wickham, John Andert and Peter Fristrup to deliver beauty befitting the occasion. All were accompanied by MUSICI Ireland, joined by the international cellist Jacob Shaw and Harpsichordist David Lau Magnussen. The combination of local, national and international musicians brought the whole event to life, and delivered what music truly is all about, positive engagement of all for all. The evening was conducted beautifully by Kevin O'Carroll, a well known musician in Ireland.

This innovative and inspiring combination of Project Music Management and Notable Works are developing a 5 year plan, bringing regular large scale Choral and Orchestral works to the City of Waterford and beyond. This bringing of the community together, is a prime motivational factor for both organisations, as Messiah 2018 is already booked in! Over the coming years be prepared to hear such 'notable works' as Mozart mass in c minor, The Creation Haydn, Bach mass in b minor and of course annual Messiah's. As we left St. John's on Sunday evening, looking up at the full moon, we were full of joy, spirituality and excitement of what is to come, as this new group of Project Music Management and Notable Works launched themselves with 'notable' aplomb, all are eager for their next production, which may well take place in May or June 2018, so we hear.

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