Handel's Messiah with The Choir of St Mary's, Saturday December 9th, 7.30pm
Messiah must count as the most famous piece of large-scale choral music ever composed. Handel wrote the entire piece, famously, in just 24 days. It was first performed in Dublin with the choirs of both Christ Church and St Patrick’s Cathedrals and rapidly became a favourite with orchestras and choirs all over the world.
Interestingly, until the twentieth century, Messiah was always associated with Easter. Since about half way through the last century, however, it has become far more common to perform it at Christmas. This may be because the first part; the Christmas story, is by far the longest section of the work.
St Mary’s choir will be joined by Pegasus Baroque Orchestra, an orchestra of young professional musicians on original instruments. The orchestra has developed a strong relationship with the choir over the past ten years; accompanying them in the annual performance of the St John Passion and appearing often in the Maldon Festival. Two local professional singers; Esme Smith and Tom Stapleton, will be joined by talented young singers Carlo Zanetti and Edwin Dizer as soloists.
Tickets: £15 (£12 concessions) £5 for young people under 18. Free entry for children under 12 accompanied by an adult