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Barbican Hall
Silk Street


George Frideric HandelMessiah, HWV 56


Ailish Tynan – Soprano
Tim Mead – countertenor
Robert Murray – Tenor
Jonathan Lemalu – bass-baritone
Richard Egarr – harpsichord / director

Academy of Ancient Music
Choir of the AAM

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Programme Note

Messiah stands as an enduring staple of Christmas celebrations across the world. Its popularity today belies the huge controversy that the work caused during the eighteenth century. But what originally made Anglican authorities hostile — the way in which Messiah imbued the story of Christ’s birth and resurrection with hitherto unknown musical allure and dramatic immediacy — also ensured the work’s immortal success. 

The British public quickly took Handel’s glorious work to heart. Entire communities became Messiah fans, silencing conservative critics with hugely popular performances. By the nineteenth century, the seasonal Messiah tradition was part of life for audiences across the globe. Handel’s masterwork remains an unmissable fixture in the Christmas calendar. 

Handel Messiah

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