Handel's Messiah 2023 is a sell-out!

11th of December, 2023

A record 700 music-lovers flocked to Worcester Cathedral on Saturday 9 September to hear Handel’s glittering oratorio, Messiah, sung by 140 voices and renowned soloists.

The specially candlelit concert, which included choral favourites such as the Hallelujah chorus and For unto us a child is born, was being staged by the region’s leading large classical choir, Worcester Festival Choral Society. Also appearing were acclaimed soloists Emilia Morton (soprano), Tom Lilburn (counter tenor), Matthew Minter (tenor) and James Oldfield (bass baritone). Accompanying was the Meridian Sinfonia Baroque orchestra. The concert was led by Worcester Cathedral’s director of music, Samuel Hudson. 

One member of the audience was the Editor of Cotswold Life magazine, Candia McKormack She said: "What an incredible performance of Handel Messiah by Worcester Festival Choral Society. We were blown away. A wonderful performance. Glorious!" 

Baritone soloist James Oldfield added: "It was a thrill to perform to a full-to-capacity Cathedral. What a scintillating performance!" 

Written more than 280 years ago, Handel’s Messiah remains one of the world’s most popular choral works. When King George II attended its premiere in 1742, he is said to have been so moved by the Hallelujah chorus that he rose to his feet – a tradition that audiences continue today. 

Sue White, chairman of Worcester Festival Choral Society, summarised: “Handel’s Messiah is a real joy to listen to, and to perform! It’s a wonderful way to herald the Christmas season. So we were truly thrilled to perform to such a packed Cathedral this year! It really was very special.”



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