Handel's Messiah

Academy of Ancient Music / Egarr

10 December 2014 / 19:00

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A jubilant festive performance of the enduring Christmas tradition Handelís Messiah, conducted by Richard Egarr and with a superb cast including countertenor Tim Mead.

Messiah stands as an enduring staple of Christmas celebrations across the world. Its popularity today belies the huge controversy that the work caused during the eighteenth century. But what originally made Anglican authorities hostile ó the way in which Messiah imbued the story of Christís birth and resurrection with hitherto unknown musical allure and dramatic immediacy ó also ensured the workís immortal success.

The British public quickly took Handelís glorious work to heart. Entire communities became Messiah fans, silencing conservative critics with hugely popular performances. By the nineteenth century, the seasonal Messiah tradition was part of life for audiences across the globe. Handelís masterwork remains an unmissable fixture in the Christmas calendar.

Free AAM Explore pre-concert talk, 6pm

Programme & Performers

Handel Messiah

Academy of Ancient Music
Richard Egarr director & harpsichord
Ailish Tynan soprano
Tim Mead counter-tenor
Robert Murray tenor
Stephan Loges bass-baritone
Choir of the AAM

More Baroque at the Barbican:
Thu 25 Sep - Monteverdi Choir
Sat 4 Oct - Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea 
Fri 10 Oct - The English Concert / Handel Alcina
Sat 18 Oct - The Grand Tour: Handel in London
Sun 9 Nov - The English Concert / Elizabeth Watts
Tue 18 Nov - Les Arts Florissants / Rameau
Sat 6 Dec - King's College Choir / Bach Magnificat
Sat 27 Dec - Glorious Handel by Candlelight

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Academy of Ancient Music 2014-15

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