Hallelujah for a Traditional Christmas

Home » Newsroom » Hallelujah for a Traditional Christmas

So, the John Lewis advert is out, Christmas decorations festoon the streets and Advent
calendars have been in the shops for at least two weeks!

singers, people, group

Last night I was treated to a magnificent performance of Mozart's version of Handel's Messiah
performed by the Ellesmere Port Choral Society. Is there a better way to get your Christmas preparations off to a roaring start?

Most people know the Hallelujah Chorus and the beautiful solo 'I know that my Redeemer liveth', but there are plenty of other rousing and wonderful movements in this epic piece of classical music.

Before going to the concert I did some research.
Apparently Handel wrote the piece in London in 22 days. However, the first rehearsal was in Chester in November 1741 whist Handel was staying in a hotel in Northgate Street (since burned down) on his way to Dublin for the first public performance.
Handel was due to sail to Dublin from Parkgate but, due to poor weather, extended his stay in Chester.

There are plenty of opportunities to include Handel's Messiah as part of your Christmas!
For example:

  • 01/12/14 The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester click here
  • 10/01/15 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra click here

However, if you're feeling in good voice there is also an opportunity to get more intimately involved as the University of Chester is organizing "Come and Sing: Handel's Messiah" with the Deo Gratias Choir and the University of Chester Alumni Association on 29/11/14 click here

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Crime Prevention Mt15P5
Fri 18 May 6:00am  |  hits: 762

On the evening/night of 16th May, an unattended motor vehicle was broken into in Kelsall and property was stolen.Please do not leave valuable property in vehicles overnight, and, if you have any information with regard to this crime, or, any other crime, please do not hesitate to contact the police on...

Thu 17 May 6:00am  |  hits: 744

Following on from Aprils Parish Council meeting together with Sophie Marks I have endeavoured to find a way (with the Parish councils help) to get this Section 106 money spent on what it was intended (Skate park)Despite our best efforts it is clear that the biggest obstacle is suitable land on which to site such a facilityWe have explored many possibilities, and continue to do...

Rubbish 1 (1)
Sun 13 May 6:00am  |  hits: 355

The article we published yesterday, 12th May, on the uncollected rubbish on at the top of the playing field, resulted in comments on our Facebook page that we believe our website readers should be aware of. The comments were as follows:-Emma Blain Such a shame because the event was extremely well run and enjoyed by a lot of our community. I saw plenty of people with black bin bags on the day...