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Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore



George Frideric HandelMessiah, HWV 56


Richard Cooke – Conductor
Richard Pearce – organ
Julia Doyle – soprano
Madeleine Shaw – mezzo-soprano
Jamie MacDougall – Tenor
William Gaunt – Bass

Royal Choral Society
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Programme Note

Join the Royal Choral Society for one of London’s great Easter traditions – Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday at the Royal Albert Hall.

The choir performed Messiah in its first season in 1872, but 1876 saw the first Good Friday performance at the Hall, and it quickly became an Easter tradition. Only the 1940/1 Blitz and the 2020/1 Covid pandemic have prevented the choir’s annual Good Friday performances.

The 150-strong choir (thought to have performed this work more than any other choir with an estimated 290 performances) relishes its annual performance of the UK’s favourite choral work. Listening to Handel’s magnificent tour de force in the nation’s ‘village hall’ is the perfect way to spend Good Friday afternoon. The choir will perform under the baton of Music Director Richard Cooke, and will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a quartet of superb soloists.

Royal Choral Society c. Michael Bowles

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