Hallelujah for a Traditional Christmas

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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!

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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

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