Sharp Directs “Messiah for Young Voices” Performance in Sweden

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Publication Date: 3/19/2008

Sixty girls and boys that together form the children’s choirs of the Cathedral of Uppsala, Sweden, performed an edition of Handel’s “Messiah” March 16 under the baton of Dr. Tim Sharp, the Elizabeth G. Daughdrill Chair in the Fine Arts at Rhodes. The performance took place at the Uppsala Cathedral, the largest Cathedral in the Nordic countries, and included baroque orchestra and soloists from the youth choir.

Handel’s masterpiece “Messiah” was arranged for young voices by Sharp and has been performed and recorded in Sweden under the title “Messiasförungaröster” (Messiah for Young Voices). Sharp began his contact with Cathedral children’s chorus director Margarita Raab in 1998 when her Stockholm choir performed and professionally recorded the work. Pontus Lindqvist, one of Sweden’s foremost boy sopranos at that time, was featured on seven of the recordings twenty-three tracks.

“Messiah for Young Voices” also has been performed in several countries as well as translated and published in Korea. The work is part of a series of classic masterworks arranged by Sharp to introduce singers to various choral masterpieces at a young age.  Other works in the series include Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.” In 1996, the American Library Association awarded their notable children’s recording Booklist Award for the recording of “Elijah for Young Voices.”