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Handel’s Messiah | Huntingdonshire Philharmonic Choir

The love affair that British classical music audiences have with this oratorio is quite phenomenal. Since its Dublin premiere in 1742, it has been performed by choirs across the land every year since at least 1745.

Handel composed his most famous piece in 1741 and continued to work on it after its initial performance, finally arriving at the version we know today in 1754. Impressive solo arias, like ‘Ev’ry valley shall be exalted’ and ‘Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion’ are interspersed with compelling choruses, telling the story of Jesus’ birth, life, death, resurrection, and final victory over sin and death.

During Victorian times, there was a phase when Messiah was performed by ever expanding musical forces – there almost seemed to be a competition to see just how big a chorus and orchestra could be crammed onto one stage before they fell through. In this performance we have a small-scale instrumental ensemble supporting the chorus of the Huntingdonshire Philharmonic Choir.

Soloists: Jessica Smith, Natalie Davies, Robert Tilson, and Alistair Donaghue.