Handel's Messiah

Richard Cooke conducts the New Queen’s Hall Orchestra performing Messiah, HWV 56, by Handel
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Programme
Handel, George Frideric (1685-1759), Messiah, HWV 56
Artists
New Queen’s Hall Orchestra
Royal Choral Society
Richard Cooke, Conductor
‘What the English like is something that they can beat time to, something that hits them
straight on the drum of the ear’. Handel often hid his genius behind a simplicity that
strikes a chord in the modern listener. Indeed, his standing was such that Beethoven said,
‘Handel is the greatest and ablest of all composers: I can still learn from him’.

Messiah is Handel’s crowning glory. Based
on texts taken from the Bible and the Book
of Common Prayer his most famous
oratorio deals with the prophesies of
Christ’s coming, of his Birth, Passion and
Resurrection and ends with His glorification
in heaven. To hear a large body of voices
supported by an orchestra of appropriate
instruments is an opportunity to hear
Handel’s best-loved work as it was given
before the emotional impact of the music
became secondary to the dry and dusty
need for editorial authenticity.

In recent decades there have been numerous
attempts at recreating early performances of
Messiah, even though Handel never settled
on his choice of instruments or which of the
new items he added after its premiere should
be included or left out.

In this concert, the world-famous Royal
Choral Society will be joined for the first time
by the New Queen’s Hall Orchestra in a
performance that will echo the large-scale
events of Victorian times best known to us in
recordings from Sir Malcolm Sargent’s day.


Tickets: £12 - £31.50.

Fairfield, Croydon

Park Lane Croydon
London Greater London United Kingdom CR9 1DG