The Hallé – Messiah

Stephen Layton conductor

Saturday 09 December 2023 6.00pm

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Event Timings
Auditorium Doors: 5.30pm
Concert Start: 6.00pm
Interval: 7.00pm
Concert End: 8.50pm

Timings will be updated closer to the concert date. Please check the website on the afternoon of the performance for up-to-date information. All timings are approximate and are subject to change.

The Hallé – Messiah

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Stephen Layton conductor
Hilary Cronin soprano | Jess Dandy contralto
James Gilchrist tenor | Matthew Brook bass-baritone
Hallé Choir Matthew Hamilton choral director

Handel Messiah

Throughout his long life, Handel demonstrated genius not only as a composer, but also as a shrewd musical entrepreneur, cleverly adapting to the tastes of his audiences. When he realised that the vogue for Italian opera had waned, he single-handedly created the English oratorio with huge success. Although Messiah was enthusiastically received when first performed in Dublin, strangely its London premiere bombed. Handel though, confident of its worth, bided his time until ultimately it had become his iconic work. Stephen Layton, ‘one of the world’s finest interpreters of choral music’ (Classic FM Magazine), holds the accolade of conducting the ‘Best Messiah Recording’ in BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library series. He’s joined by the Hallé Choir and a quartet of British soloists at the top of their game.

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