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Handel's Messiah

Nardus Williams

Handel's Messiah

Part of Classical 2023/24

Part of Christmas at The Glasshouse


Price: £17 - £43

Power. Jubilation. Sing Hallelujah!

Who’s on Stage

None other than our very own Royal Northern Sinfonia, special guest conductor Peter Whelan and four superb vocal soloists.

What they’re playing

Just one piece, George Frideric Handel’s choral masterpiece: Messiah.

Need to Know

Price: £17 – £43

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

Discounts: Save if you’re local, unemployed, a first timer (limited number, subject to availability).

Age: Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Concert programme: discover more about the music you’re about to hear. Download now.

What you'll hear

George Frideric Handel Messiah 

Who's playing

Peter Whelan director 
Nardus Williams soprano  
Jess Dandy contralto
Laurence Kilsby tenor 
Ashley Riches bass-baritone
Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia
Tim Burke
chorus director
Royal Northern Sinfonia

What's happening in the music

This is one of those pieces of classical music that’s managed to seep into the popular consciousness – the Hallelujah Chorus, like Nessun Dorma or Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is somehow one of those pieces of music that people just know. But it’s just one highlight out of many in Messiah. Handel really was a tunesmith, plus he knew how to tug at your emotions, whether it’s fear, anger, jubilation or sadness. This is a roller coaster of a piece, with the sonic power of an orchestra, choir AND four soloists ensuring it packs a punch.

Where you’ve heard it before

We trawled the internet to find some perhaps surprising ways in which Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus has been used:

  • Soundtrack to Dumb and Dumber. Yes really.
  • The soundtrack to classic film Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • The famously gross MTV cartoon Ren and Stimpy. Again, yes really.
  • Mozart’s remix. Mozart re-worked Handel’s classic, pimping it up with all sorts of musical bling: clarinets, trombones, flutes and trumpets.
  • Electric Light Orchestra sampled the Hallelujah Chorus for their track ‘Fire on High’

Plus: pretty much every classical flash mob ever. Yes, those instances when you’re just minding your own business, doing your shopping, trying to catch a flight or train, or about to stuff an unwise but delicious burger into your mouth and suddenly a full orchestra and chorus appears, singing some Handel.

Pre-concert performance by Young Sinfonia

2pm | Sage One

See Young Sinfonia play Felix Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and the finale of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, directed by Helen Harrison.

No need to book a separate ticket – just come along and take a seat.

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