Last weekend, the North Grenville Concert Choir was joined by the Divertimento Orchestra and several guest soloists in a rendition of Handel’s Messiah.
The Choir performed three shows, one in Merrickville at the Merrickville United Church, and two in Kemptville at the Saint James Anglican Church. I went to the performance in Kemptville on Saturday afternoon and the church was packed. I am sure the show was sold out and it turned out that it was for good reason.
It’s hard to believe that both the North Grenville Concert Choir and the Divertimento Orchestra are amateur organizations. The show rivalled anything that I have seen at larger venues in Ottawa, including the National Arts Centre.
The four young guest soloists were impeccable; but the star of the show was definitely soprano Carolyn Beaudoin. I was blown away every time she opened her mouth to hit another perfect angel-like note.
I was also impressed by the range of the Choir itself. Everyone was in tune and the melodies of the alto, soprano, tenor and bass sections melded together beautifully to create a sound that would have made Handel proud. At the end of the show, the audience rose to their feet as the choir, soloists and orchestra joined together in an encore of Hallelujah, with some eager audience members joining in.
Overall, it was a wonderful way to spend a chilly Saturday afternoon and it was so nice to have such a quality performance so close to home. Congratulations to everyone who made the concert such a roaring success.