Georg Friedrich Handel may have adopted England, but England adopted his music. Messiah, an oratorio adapting passages from the King James Bible, is one of his greatest achievements. First performed in 1741, it has become a Christmas ritual, its ‘hallelujah chorus’ one of the most recognizable pieces of classical music the country over.
Although it has its resounding moments, Messiah is largely a work of graceful restraint. This is deeply serious music, which can be given to a solemnity at odds with its celebratory Christmas reputation. But it is also diverse, sensuous and sparkling.
This is the perfect opportunity to see the Christmas classic at its finest, and a likely highlight of the entire Royal Albert Hall 2016 festive season.
|What||Handel's Messiah, Royal Albert Hall|
Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP | MAP
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
On 15 Dec 16, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
On 19 Dec 16, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Royal Albert Hall|