Acting on a tip from one of Lee’s colleagues (front row chorus near the right), I got a last minute ticket to see the Auckland Choral Society’s annual Messiah concert. I paid a hefty price but got a front row balcony seat, in fact just a few seats away from Sir Somebody or Other, who was singled out for his patronage over the years. It was my first time at Auckland’s Town Hall, which is a lovely venue.
This was the 100th consecutive year they’ve done the Messiah, and a few of the choristers have done 50. They have actually been at it for about 150, but missed 1914 (WWI) and 1918 (flu pandemic).
In honour of the centenary, they pulled out all the stops… three choirs, big-name soloists, a commemorative program…
It was great, and helped me into the Christmas spirit for sure.