Georg Friedrich Händel: Messiah oratorio

The English Concert & Choir

Georg Friedrich Händel’s most famous work will receive an internationally-acclaimed interpretation at Helsinki Festival. The performance by The English Concert and The Choir has been hailed as one of the best classical music experiences of recent years.

Composed in 1741, Messiah is one of Händel’s most beloved works. The libretto is based on texts compiled by Charles Jennens from the Bible and New Testament, which depict the prophecies, birth, miracles and crucifixion of the Messiah. Often performed separately, Hallelujah, which ends the second part, is one of the most recognisable classical music compositions.

The English Concert has been one of the world’s leading baroque orchestras for over 40 years. Exceptional in the world-renowned ambition and variety of its live and recorded output, the orchestra is unique in the zeal of its players for performing together with an unwavering desire to connect with their audience. They have gained particular acclaim for their ongoing Handel opera series commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and, after recent performances of their dramatic adaptation of Messiah with director Tom Morris, bring their unique perspective to the Helsinki Festival in a concert performance.

In co-operation with Jane and Aatos Erkko foundation and Helsinki Music Centre.

”Performed by the Erebus Ensemble and Baroque orchestra The English Concert, the composer’s most famous work is made to feel notably fresh. And the most familiar passages – the Hallelujah Chorus in particular – sound astonishingly beautiful.”
– The Stage

The English Concert
Choir of The English Concert
Director/harpsichord: Harry Bicket
Soprano: Julia Doyle
Alto: Stephanie Wake-Edwards
Tenor: Hugo Hymas
Bass: Roland Wood

Helsinki Music Centre, Concert Hall

Mannerheimintie 13a

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