Each year, the ranks of the Peterborough Singers swell when the choir welcomes home its alumni for two performances of Handel’s Messiah. This year we also welcome four emerging artists as soloists, and one of these, Melody Thomas, sang in her very first Messiah as a chorister with the Singers.
Rehearsals are a special time. All our old friends return. We see young people who sang with us when they were high school students, now newly home for the holidays from universities across Canada. We chat with the forty-somethings who still live in town but whose lives have just been too hectic in recent years for them to commit to singing in all the choir’s performances. We benefit from the musical experience of retirees, who have left the choir to focus on grandchildren or travel or volunteer work.
As you will see in the following video, for the Peterborough Singers, the Messiah is both a homecoming and a benediction.