The Handel Choir of Baltimore
1977, The Handel Choir of Baltimore has been under the musical
direction of T. HERBERT DIMMOCK. Under his leadership, the
choir has experienced dramatic artistic growth, presenting
outstanding performances of the masterpieces of the choral
repertoire throughout the Baltimore region.
In addition to his work as a conductor, Mr. Dimmock is an
active organist who has been heard in recital in Westminster
Abbey, Winchester Cathedral, the National Cathedral and
the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. His conducting credits
are equally noteworthy and include many major ensembles
in the U.S.: the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the International
Bach Academy Orchestra, Gechinger Cantorei, Stuttgart, Germany,
and the Handel Festival Orchestra. A graduate of Davidson
College and Peabody Conservatory, Mr. Dimmock has pursued
further study with Greg Smith, Roger Wagner, Robert Shaw,
and Helmuth Rilling.
THE HANDEL CHOIR OF BALTIMORE was founded in 1934 as the
first ensemble in Maryland open to all qualified members
of the community. The choir regularly presents 8 to 10 subscription
concerts during a concert season and makes many public service
appearances with the ensembles ranging in size from 14 to
100 musicians. These concerts include a cappella singing,
annual performances of Handel's Messiah, music of Bach,
Mendelssohn, Mozart and all of the other Handel oratorios.
The choir's annual "Music for a Great Space" concert
also features the polychoral music of Gabrieli for both
brass and choir(s).
The Handel Choir also has
an extensive educational outreach program in area schools.
In a typical year the choir will sponsor 300 classes, many
field trips and bring hundreds of young students to its
concerts. Members of the choir come from all parts of the
greater Baltimore, Maryland community. Music teachers, homemakers,
lawyers, physicians, computer programmers, graduate students,
and non-profit developers are just a few of the many professions
brought together through music in the choir.
"Virtually every item
is impressively and gorgeously sung, which is no mean feat
considering the difficulty and expressive range of the repertory.
One can only have admiration for this group of singers,
and it would be difficult to find fault with any of the
performances on this disc (BR120)."
Robert D. Cummings, Editor, Classics@Cosmik
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