Soweto Messiah will be a unique, global event. The universal human story of compassion, reconciliation and hope enshrined in Handelâ€™s Messiah vividly staged and given voice by 40,000 of South Africaâ€™s finest, with another 50,000 spectators joining in the choruses, in the splendour of Soccer City and broadcast worldwide live from Africa. Without doubt the largest ever performance of this iconic work, Soweto Messiah will be witnessed by millions through worldwide TV broadcast. Underpinning it will be a unique orchestral collaboration between young South African string players, and members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Directed by James Ngcobo and the renowned Charlie Hazelwood this live performance is true event television, scheduled for Easter Day 2013
Charles Hazlewood is an award-winning conductor who works regularly with great orchestras around the globe. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2003 and his BBC Proms debut in 2006. This season sees his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden and the Philharmonia in London. Hazlewood devised the music for many shows featuring his 40-strong South African opera company; The Times dubbed their West End run of â€˜The Mysteriesâ€™, â€˜Some of the most blazingly original theatre in Britainâ€™.