Handel's Messiah


About the performance

Since its triumphant premiere in Dublin in 1742, Messiah has remained Handel’s most frequently performed work.

Come celebrate with this annual tradition. This year, Handel’s epic setting of biblical texts features Dutch early music specialist Jan Willem de Vriend and a cast from Australia, Belgium and Germany. While most audiences would be familiar with the strident refrains of the Hallelujah Chorus, many may not be acquainted with the larger work from which it originated.

This popular annual concert is the perfect way to welcome in the festive season, and in 2018, Handel’s masterpiece will be conducted by Jan Willem de Vriend, who will bring his own unique take on the masterpiece of work.


Jan Willem de Vriend conductor | Jeanine De Bique soprano | Nicholas Tolputt countertenor | Andrew Goodwin tenor | Stephan Loges bass | MSO Chorus


Handel Messiah

Pre-concert talk

Join Megan Burslem for a pre-concert conversation inside Hamer Hall.
Saturday 15 December – 5.45pm
Sunday 16 December – 3.45pm

Running time

2 hours, and 30 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

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