Handel's Messiah to be performed at St Mel's Cathedral

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Handel's Messiah to be performed at St Mel's Cathedral

St Mel's Cathedral will welcome The Guinness Choir with full orchestra on Sunday, March 13, as they perform one of the world's most timeless, moving and joyful pieces of music; Handel's Messiah.

The piece, which tells the story of Christ's birth, death and resurrection, premiered in 1742 in Dublin. It has since become one of Handel's best known works.

While it has become popular throughout the Advent season, it was originally intended for Easter time or Pentecost, which is ideal, as the Guinness Choir, formed in 1951, will stage their performance just before Easter.

On the night the choir will be joined by a full orchestra and soloists Sylvia O'Brien (soprano), Victoria Massey (contralto), Jeffrey Ledwidge (bass) and Andrew Boushell (tenor).

Seven hundred people attended the premiere of Handel’s Messiah in Fishamble Street in 1742. To accommodate this large crowd, gentlemen were requested to remove their swords, and ladies were asked not to wear hoops in their dresses. Hopefully the audience won’t have to resort to such restriction in St Mel’s Cathedral, but as organisers are expecting a huge demand for tickets, early booking is advised.

Kindly supported by Bank of Ireland, Longford, this unmissable performance takes place on Sunday, March 13 at 8pm.

Tickets, which cost €20, are available from Backstage Theatre on 043 33 47888 or online at www.backstage.ie; from St Mel’s Cathedral Presbytery on 043 3346465; the Temperance Hall on 043 3349548 and Farrel & Coy, Longford on 043 3328794.