During Holy Week, on Tuesday 3 April, St George's Cathedral Consort will be performing Handel’s Messiah at the Perth Concert Hall, just as Handel had intended. Conducted by the Cathedral’s renowned Artistic Director and Master of Music Joseph Nolan, the original Dublin version 1742 will be reconstructed as closely as possible to the cherished masterpiece debut hundreds of years ago.
“Messiah is arguably the most performed oratorio ever for good reason,” Nolan remarked. “It is a timeless story coupled with truly inspired music from beginning to end. These two performances feature a world-class array of soloists, choir and instrumentalists to allow the work to be performed to its full potential and integrity.”
“Handel's premiere of Messiah at Dublin in 1742 was sung by only a small group of singers . . . , accompanied by a small orchestra,” stated David Vickers, co-editor of The Cambridge Handel Encyclopaedia. “The music they sang was in several respects radically different to the normal average performances we hear today.”
The incredibly talented St George’s Cathedral Consort will combine with four superb soloists – Soprano Sara Macliver, regarded as one of the leading exponents of Baroque repertoire, Mezzo Fiona Campbell, accomplished international performer, recitalist and recording artist, Tenor Paul McMahon, one of Australia’s finest exponents of baroque and classical period repertoire, and 2010 Helpmann Award winner, Bass Andrew Foote.
This stellar list of performers, along with the Consort's 21 choristers, promises the audience an unrivalled experience that will catapult them to the Baroque era and the majesty of this masterpiece.
This will be an unforgettable concert and one not to be missed. Tickets are available from BOCS Ticketing so don’t miss the chance to hear one of the most famous and well-loved pieces of music in the world. Handel would be proud!