Cooma's Multifunction Centre was the venue for Cooma's very own Sing Your Own Handel's Messiah on Saturday.
This year's event saw more than 100 singers from Cooma, Jindabyne, Bombala, Young, Sydney, Canberra, the South Coast as well as Queensland participate.
The singers included members of the public as well as choristers from Cooma Harmony Chorus, Monaro Youth Choir, and The Choir of the Southern Cross from Young Regional School of Music. The singers were given a full day of intensive training in a workshop, followed by a public performance at 4pm.
The choir was accompanied by a 23 piece professional orchestra, The Australian Graduates Orchestra. The performance also featured four vocal soloists, Elizabeth Shearer, a soprano from Queensland, Ellen Malone, an alto from Sydney, Robert Shearer, a tenor from Cooma and Mark Brooker, a bass from Young.
Rodney Clancy, and his wife, Julia (who played viola in the orchestra) organised the event. Rodney directed the workshop and conducted the afternoon performance. An audience of about 100 was enthralled by the beauty and majesty of this much loved work and the exciting and dynamic performances given by the musicians.
The event was a tribute to all involved especially, Rodney, who gave a marathon effort.
On Sunday the Sing Your Own Handel's Messiah, workshop and concert, was repeated in Young at their town hall by the same ensemble of enthusiastic musicians.
This repeat performance was very much appreciated by an audience 200 people.
Needless to say it was a huge musical weekend for all these dedicated performers.
Rodney Clancy has great plans through his Clancy Music Productions to tour these sorts of "mega-musical events" all over country NSW and eventually Australia. He plans to keep Cooma the centre of his expanding operations.