20th of November, 2017
One of the world’s best-loved choral works, Handel’s Messiah – which includes the instantly recognisable Hallelujah chorus – will be performed by the 150-strong Worcester Festival Choral Society at Worcester Cathedral on Saturday 9th December.
Welcoming the Christmas season in grand musical style, the concert features the Meridian Sinfonia orchestra playing period-pitch instruments, and acclaimed soloists Mary Walker (soprano), Tim Morgan (countertenor), Hugo Hymas (tenor) and Benjamin Beurklian-Carter (baritone). Peter Nardone, Organist & Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral, conducts.
Ben Cooper, Chairman of Worcester Festival Choral Society, said: “Handel’s Messiah is always one of the most popular highlights in the concert calendar. Sung by 150 voices and with our superb soloists and Baroque-pitch orchestra, it promises to be a real treat – and a packed cathedral!”
Handel’s Messiah is amongst the most popular pieces of choral music ever written, and includes familiar choruses such as For unto us a child is born, And he shall purify, and All we like sheep. The rousing Hallelujah chorus is the most famous however, for which audiences usually stand – a tradition thought to have begun when King George II rose to his feet at the debut London performance in 1743.
Established in 1861, Worcester Festival Choral Society’s singers are selected from across the County. The society stages three major concerts in Worcester Cathedral each year, performing some of the world’s ‘great choral works’ both old and new. A popular Come and Sing event each spring also gives non-members a chance to learn a choral classic in a day. Many WFCS members also sing in the world-renowned, annual Three Choirs Festival, which in 2018 takes place in Hereford.
Tickets for the Messiah concert, which starts at 7:30pm, are between £10 and £25 (some concessions available) from www.worcesterfestivalchoralsociety.org.uk or Worcester Live Box Office at Huntingdon Hall, tel: 01905 611427. Tickets also available on the door, subject to availability.
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