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How Beautiful Are The Feet

T’is the season to be jolly, and for most classical musicians, t’is the season for Handel’s Messiah. This great work also comes up at other times of the year (it’s not just for Christmas, you know – the Nativity sequence is only the first part of three), but mostly we associate it with Yuletide.

This year I’m getting my usual dose of the Hallelujah Chorus in performances at Washington National Cathedral with their brilliant choir and period orchestra, directed by Michael McCarthy. There is an excellent team of soloists, and plenty of spine-tingling grandeur.

Messiahcover-e1413470823556And as it happens, I also have a new CD of Messiah out this year with Handel & Haydn Society on the Coro label. The recording was made last year during live performances in Boston’s Symphony Hall with Harry Christophers conducting. There is a very exciting feel to this ‘of the moment’ performance, with great performances from all of my colleagues in the choir, orchestra and soloist platform.

For 8 weeks this autumn I was hobbling around on one leg as I recovered from tendon repair surgery on my foot. I am well and truly on the  mend and able to walk on my own two feet again; and although I’ve had to substitute my high heels for more sensible flats for the time being, there is a twinkle in my eye when I sing ‘How Beautiful are the Feet’ in these performances! It’s a delicate and graceful song with not a trace of the limp or the lurch that affected my gait for all those weeks.

Rejoice greatly, and have a Happy Holiday!