Law student at the University of Sydney
Baritone in VOX
Rafi has a different, perhaps controversial, take on Handel’s seminal work.
“I can’t say it’s my favourite,” he laughs. “If you could take the Hallelujah Chorus out of Messiah and just leave the rest of it, I would sign up to that in a heartbeat.
“The next time it’s on at the Opera House they should just remove the Hallelujah Chorus. It’s what the audience is already listening to in the car on the way there.”
He joined the Philharmonia Choirs at the beginning of 2017, but his first concert with them was in 2014 when they were looking for extras to sing Howard Shore’s score to Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
For Rafi, the rehearsal room is an escape.
“In the rehearsal room, life is simple. It’s about the music, being in that place with those people and making that sound. There’s a beautiful simplicity in that.”
Before this, he was with the Sydney Children’s Choir, the Gondwana Choirs, and also plays trumpet in the big band Dr V’s Swing Thing.
It’s not his first experience with music — he was a member of the Sydney Children’s Choir, the Gondwana Choirs, and also plays trumpet in the big band Dr V’s Swing Thing. As a musician he shares his approach between the two.
“Big bands play music from the last 100 years. With choral music, you can go all the way back to the 1400s. There’s an extraordinary history there.
“But with jazz, you can experiment with different sounds, timbres, create new and different things. In both choral and jazz, we’re able to explore what music can do.
“To experience that whole choral history, a millennia, is utterly unique.