MidAmerica Productions’ new Global Choral Christmas “Messiah” at Carnegie Hall in NYC aims to bring together individual choral singers and small groups from around the world, who love this iconic and historic work, to perform Handel’s Messiah. Once choral participants register through our new online registration system, they will travel to New York City to rehearse during this five-day, four-night residency which will culminate in a performance in historic Carnegie Hall.
We are thrilled and honored to present...
Maestro Jonathan Willcocks, Conductor
London, United Kingdom
With The New England Symphonic Ensemble and World Class Soloists
Maestro Willcocks’ biography
Jonathan Willcocks was born in Worcester, England, and after early musical training as a chorister at King’s College Cambridge and an Open Music Scholar at Clifton College he took an Honours degree in Music from Cambridge University where he held a choral scholarship at Trinity College.
As a composer, Jonathan’s music is published by Oxford University Press, the Lorenz group of companies, MorningStar and Prime Music (represented in USA/Canada by MorningStar). His published music includes major choral works, music for children’s choir, many shorter pieces (including anthems and secular choral music), orchestral and instrumental works. There are now many recordings of Jonathan’s music (see ‘Recordings’), and his music is frequently performed and broadcast in many parts of the world.
Jonathan is currently Musical Director of the Guildford Choral Society, the Chichester Singers and the professional chamber orchestra Southern Pro Musica, and freelance conducting and workshop engagements in recent seasons have taken him to many parts of the world including USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, China and most of the European countries as well as the United Kingdom. These engagements have seen him conducting concerts in many of the world’s finest concert halls, including the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Perth Concert Hall, Australia as well as closer to home in the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London and Symphony Hall in Birmingham. In May 2016 he also took on the position of Conductor of the Leith Hill Musical Festival.
Jonathan’s extensive choral and orchestral conducting experience results in many invitations to take choral workshops and adjudicate competitions. Although his career now focuses principally on his conducting and composition work, he has in past held major posts in general and specialist music education – most recently at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Messiah Program Info
(Choristers elect either to participate in Choir A or Choir B):
Concert part 1 (Choir A) – c.40 minutes:
Handel – Selections from Messiah (Part I)
4. CHORUS: And the glory of the Lord
8. RECIT. (Alto): Behold a virgin shall conceive
9. AIR (Alto): and CHORUS: O thou that tellest
10. RECIT. (Bass): For behold, darkness
11. AIR (Bass): The people that walked
12. CHORUS: For unto us a child is born
13. Pastoral Symphony
14. RECIT. (Soprano): There were shepherds/And lo
15. RECIT. (Soprano): And the angel
16. RECIT. (Soprano): And suddenly
17. CHORUS: Glory to God
18. AIR (Soprano): Rejoice greatly
21. CHORUS: His yoke is easy
Concert part 2 (Choir B) – c.42 minutes :
Handel – Selections from Messiah (Part II/III)
22. CHORUS: Behold the Lamb of God
23. AIR (Alto): He was despised
24. CHORUS: Surely He hath borne
25. CHORUS: And with his stripes
26. CHORUS: All we like sheep
45. AIR (Soprano): I know that my redeemer
46. CHORUS: Since by man came death
47. RECIT. (Bass): Behold, I tell you a mystery
48. AIR (Bass): The trumpet shall sound
53. CHORUS: Worthy is the Lamb
Concert part 3 (Choirs A and B combined) – c.20 minutes:
44. CHORUS: Hallelujah!
Arrival in New York City: Saturday, December 14, 2019 by 3pm
Meeting and Orientation + Rehearsal: Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7PM
Rehearsal: Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 9AM
Rehearsal: Monday, December 16, 2019 at 9AM
Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 2-5PM in Carnegie Hall with orchestra and soloists
Concert: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 8PM
Post-Concert Celebration Cruise around Statue of Liberty: December 17, 2019 at 11:30PM
$899 USD (per person) Concert-Only Package and $499 USD Non-Performer Package (Family and Friends)
All registrations are due on or before October 15, 2019 for performers and non-performers
Click Here for our Concert-Only Package Details (PDF)
Two payment schedules are available:
Payment in full earns $50 credit for performers. Paid in full: $849
Payment in full earns $25 credit for non-performers. Paid in full: $474
Payment is due October 15, 2019
Two- part deposit: initial $300 payment due October 15, 2019
Remaining balance due November 15, 2019
No discount on the two part deposit.
**Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian**