I went to hear the Messiah by J.F. Handel. The performance, in the Usher Hall, was by The Edinburgh Royal Choral Union and The Orkney Festival Chorus accompanied by Edinburgh Pro Musica Orchestra. There were around 50 singers from Orkney including my paternal aunt, Sylvia Barnett. The conductor was Michael Bawtree: replacing Martyn Brabbins who had to call-off as he was ill. The soloists were Soprano, Mary Bevan; Mezzo-soprano, Madeleine Shaw; Tenor, Eamonn Mulhall (huband to Madeleine and last minute replacement for Nicholas Mulroy) and Baritone, Roland Wood. First Violin was Greg Lawson who gave an outstandingly virtuoso performance in the last Aria with Ms Bevan. The Hallelujah chorus was greatly enhanced by first trumpet, Mark O’Keefe. The orchestra never overpowered the choir or soloists. This was a very well balanced performance overall. Only a little more power from the Alto section could have improved it. Sadly I did not catch the name of the musician who replaced Mr Bawtree on the Harpsichord.