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All Rise for "Hallelujah"!
Posted by Paul Serotsky on March 29, 2009, 9:21 am
I noticed that, in his article dated 25 Match, Norman LeBrecht said, "When Messiah reached London, King George II rose to his feet at the Hallelujah chorus and the rest of the house stood to attention. No-one knows why the King got up, whether in homage to Handel or because he though the oratorio was over, or perhaps he was troubled by gout. Such is the strength of tradition that audiences in London – but nowhere else – stand for Hallelujah to this day."
Hmm, I thought. It's obvious to me that Norman's never been to a Messiah in Huddersfield, otherwise he'd have said, "in London AND Huddesrfield".
Can anybody extend the list further?
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