Sing Your Own Handel’s Messiah – Saturday 12 November 2011

Just a brief post from Snowy Monaro Arts Council, phimosis to give you advance notice of “Sing Your Own Messiah” on Saturday 12th November 2011 at St Paul’s Hall, thumb Cooma.


Robert Shearer and Snowy Monaro Arts Council will present Handel’s Messiah, with –

Conductor Rodney Clancy;

Soprano Elizabeth Shearer;

Mezzo Soprano Bronwyn Douglas;

Tenor Robert Shearer; and

Bass Joshua Burke;

And a Chamber Orchestra of local musicians.


But the best bit is that you get to be the chorus…

Ever wanted to sing Hallelujah Chorus? Well, here’s your chance.

We are hoping for lots of voices from Cooma-Monaro and Snowy River Shires. Blokes are especially welcome.

The main workshop/rehearsal will be from 9 am on Saturday 12th November with the public performance at 7.00 pm on that night.  There will also be additional practices (not compulsory) in each of the weeks leading up to the event (the weeks commencing Monday 31st October 2011 and Monday 7th November 2011) for those who would like to “notebash” their parts. (call 6452 6067 for details of extra rehearsals).

The “Sing your Own” portion of the workshop and performance will consist of  just six pieces:

  1. And the Glory of the Lord
  2. Oh Thou That Tellest
  3. For Unto Us a Child is Born
  4. Glory to God in the Highest
  5. All We Like Sheep
  6. Hallelujah

There are three ways to get the parts.

The first is to go to

Scroll down and on the middle of the page you will see pdf symbols for the various parts.

Click on “vocal”, and download the choruses at 1.4, 1.10, 1.13, 1.19, 2.4 and 2.22, and the Amen (3.10).

If you do that, send your email to so we have an email with which to keep you informed.

The second way is to send an email to, and Allan will email the part to you.

Please c.c. to, so we have your email to keep you informed.

The third way is to contact Chris Wall at 7 Dawson Street, Cooma NSW 2630 and request us to photocopy the parts for you.

Obviously, the first method is a lot less work for the organisers, so please do that if you can.

There are rehearsal tracks available on the net, one at

In preparation, you can sing along with your computer.

The tracks on that site are 04 “And the Glory of the Lord” (1.4 free-scores), 09 “Oh Thou That Tellest” (1.10 free-scores), 12 “For Unto Us a Child is Born” (1.13 free-scores), 17 “Glory to God in the Highest” (1.19 free-scores), 26 “All We Like Sheep” (2.4 free-scores), 44 “Hallelujah” (2.22 free-scores).

So give it a shake.

Follow the above instructions and register, and send this email onto anyone you think might be interested, and set Saturday 12th November 2011 aside.

Chris Wall, President, Snowy Monaro Arts Council


In Summary:

  • When: Saturday 12 November 2011 Rehearsals from 9.00 am, Evening Performance 7.00 pm
  • Where: St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Commissioner Street, Cooma
  • Soloists: Elizabeth Shearer, Bronwyn Douglas, Robert Shearer, Joshua Burke with Chamber Orchestra
  • Cost: $10 for singers for the whole day rehearsal and 7 pm performance
  • Contact: 6452 6067
  • Email:


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