Handel - Messiah
Hallelujah! Handel’s glorious and much-loved oratorio, Messiah, returns to the magnificent, specially candlelit surroundings of Worcester Cathedral on Saturday 9 December 2023.
Written more than 280 years ago, Messiah remains one of the world’s most popular choral works. When King George II attended its premiere in 1742, he is said to have been so moved by the mighty Hallelujah chorus that he rose to his feet – a tradition that audiences continue today. The oratorio is also packed with other well-known arias and choruses such as For unto us a child is born, All we like sheep, And He shall purify and The trumpets shall sound.
Accompanying the 140 voices of Worcester Festival Choral Society – one of England’s leading choirs of its kind – will be four of the UK's most outstanding soloists (see below). The superb Meridian Sinfonia Baroque orchestra accompanies, and Worcester Cathedral's director of music Samuel Hudson conducts.
Don't miss this perfect musical prelude to the Christmas season!
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OUR SOLOISTS (pictured from top left, clockwise):
EMILIA MORTON – soprano
As a member of renowned ensembles The Sixteen, the Monteverdi Choir and Tenebrae, Emilia has toured internationally and made many recordings. She is also in demand for solos at Cathedrals across the country, as well as her alma mater, Clare College, Cambridge.
TOM LILBURN – countertenor
Since graduating with distinction with a Masters from the Royal College of Music, Tom has performed with English Touring Opera as well as singing many of the great oratorios across the country. He was also one of four singers at the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Matthew works regularly with the BBC Singers as well as leading orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a vocal coach and vicar choral at Wells Cathedral. He has performed at events for Prime Ministers, the Royal Family and even on BBC's Top Gear!
JAMES OLDFIELD – bass baritone
A consort singer with groups such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Polyphony and the Monteverdi Choir, James has performed concerts and oratorios internationally, alongside many acclaimed orchestras. He is also in demand for leading operatic roles with the Royal Opera House, Opera North and Garsington Opera.