Handel’s Caribbean Messiah is a spectacular rework of Handel’s Messiah, with a delightful Caribbean twist.
The iconic oratorio was re-arranged by Dr. Stefan Walcott and features Caribbean rhythms from popular and folk culture.
Debuting in 2017 it had two other runs in 2018 and 2019 with each showing gaining spectacular reviews.
"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
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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