On Friday 27th November, Dean Close Choral Society put on a memorable performance of Handel’s Messiah in the Pittville Pump Room to a packed audience. Simon Bell conducted the choir, accompanied by the Bristol Ensemble, with authority and ease, maintaining a tremendous sense of unity and ensemble in this challenging work. The chorus, comprising 120 members, rose to the occasion and clearly enjoyed singing Handel’s epic masterpiece. This concert was special for two particular reasons. Firstly, it was the first time that the Prep School Chamber Choir, coached by Rachel Bowen, joined in a Senior School Choral Society Concert. What a wonderful experience it was for them to sing this tremendous work, without doubt one of the greatest in the choral repertoire, and the thirty young girls contributed hugely to the sound of the top line, clearly gaining enormously from the experience. We are also particularly proud of the fact that five of our Dean Close School Music Scholars sang the majority of the solos alongside soprano Hannah Davey and mezzo Victoria Jess. Real credit must be given to these talented singers – Katy Moorhouse, Amy Porter, Laurence Kilsby, Joe Morford and Ashton Mackinnon – who sang with supreme assurance and musicianship and delighted with their youthful exuberance and astonishing poise.