George Frideric Handel: Messiah
Handel's masterpiece Messiah is performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, joined by singers including soprano Elizabeth Watts.
We take it for granted now that we perform classical music from all ages - Monteverdi, Bach, right up to now. That wasn't always the case. In the past music was much more disposable (dare we say it, a little like some of today's pop music). Things were performed, became briefly popular and then disappeared. Sometimes forever.
In 1784, though, something revolutionary happened. London became one of the first places to look back at the history of music, when Handel's visionary, ecstatic Messiah was revived in a huge performance at Westminster Cathedral, an event which ensured the work's iconic status.
£70 premium box seats include an interval wine reception.
Royal Festival Hall at 5.45pm - OAE Extras. Hallelujah indeed! Join us for a special Christmas celebration -be prepared to sing!
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Laurence Cummings conductor
Elizabeth Watts soprano
Timothy Mead counter-tenor
Nicholas Mulroy tenor
Lisandro Abadie bass
Choir of the Enlightenment