- Last year my dad bought tickets for the whole family to see a
performance of Handel's Messiah at the Sydney Opera House. For those
unfamiliar with it, Handel's Messiah is the story of the life of
Jesus Christ, set to music. The performers included a big orchestra,
soloists and a huge choir.
I loved the performance so much. We had the best seats that I think
you can get (thanks Dad!). We were just to the right of the
orchestra, looking straight down onto them, with the mass of sopranos
right next to us. Altos, tenors and basses were not that far from us
It was a whole new experience being so close to the performers. The
intimacy was wonderful. We could even see musicians preparing for
their parts - eg the timpani player with her ear right down close to
the huge drums, ever so quietly and discretely tapping away, tuning
them up for about 10 minutes prior to the famous Hallelujia chorus.
It was a great big sound and I was in heaven.
To top it off I was awestruck by the incredible alertness,
concentration and precision of the mass of performers. I felt that
the perfection they embodied during their performance was a real
How would the world be if we could all be that focused and ready in
our day to day lives, with God as our only conductor?