Handel’s Caribbean Messiah is a spectacular rework of Handel’s Messiah, with a delightful Caribbean twist. 


The iconic oratorio has been specially arranged by Dr. Stefan Walcott and features Caribbean rhythms such as tuk, reggae, calypso and merengue, to name a few.


First produced in 2017 at the Frank Collymore Hall, and then in 2018 at the Barbados Museum, this show attained 3 sold out nights, and phenomenal reviews!

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"Handel's Caribbean Messiah places The Messiah completely within the the Caribbean tradition by reinterpreting Handel's compositions using the rhythms, melodic techniques, and structures of Caribbean folk and popular styles"

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HANDEL'S CARIBBEAN MESSIAH,

DECEMBER 2017 &  2018

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MUSICAL DIRECTOR'S NOTE

Western Classical and Caribbean music have played key roles in my development as a musician. For many years I wondered how I would bring these two seemingly disparate musical worlds together. On hearing Handel’s Soulful Messiah I realized that just as that project brought African-American traditions to Handel’s Messiah, I too could bring the Caribbean
tradition to speak to classical music.

 

Handel’s Caribbean Messiah, therefore, uses the rhythms of the Franco, Hispanic and Anglo Caribbean to re-interpret
the canonical Messiah.

 

This work  has been presented twice in Barbados and I would like to thank the members of the 1688 Collective, the 1688 Management team, Marlon Legall and his fantastic Voice Project for helping me make this vision a reality.

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© 2019 by 1688Orchestra & Collective

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