Forget dinner-suited formality, this is a version that takes all those famous arias and choruses and infuses them with soul, R&B, gospel, jazz and pop.
The Hallelujah Chorus becomes a stomping gospel anthem. And the soloists, tenor Zwakele Tshabalala and soul singer Vanessa Haynes, let rip with improvisation and scat, while the orchestra fizzes with saxophones, keyboards, Hammond organ and rhythm section.
Conductor Marin Alsop brings the Gospel Messiah to London. Photo: Adriane White
The BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus and the London Adventist Choir get in the groove with internationally famous conductor Marin Alsop, who created the Gospel Messiah with US arrangers Bob Christianson and Gary Anderson. It’s become a favourite feature of Christmas right across the US and now comes to London for the first time on Thursday 7 December.
Be the among the first to hear it, at the Royal Albert Hall – and don’t forget your dancing shoes.
Gospel Messiah is sung in English. Click here to book
Written in partnership with the Royal Albert Hall. Find out more about their Christmas programmes here.
|Gospel Messiah, Royal Albert Hall
|Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP | MAP
|South Kensington (underground)
On 07 Dec 23, London and UK premiere
|Click here for details and booking