St Paul's Opera present George Frederic Handel's masterpiece, Messiah, composed in 1741 and first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 before receiving its London premiere nearly a year later.
This most popular work was originally written and performed by a modest ensemble, but rapidly grew in popularity, with the number of performances increasing in parallel. After Handel’s death, the score was adapted by composers, including Mozart, to reflect the trend for grander performances.
During the 20th and into the 21st centuries, however, there has been a return to Handel’s original intention.
For this performance, St Paul’s Opera brings together its talented group of solo voices to present exquisite and much loved recitatives and arias, as well as combining these voices to present some choruses as quartets and smaller vocal ensembles. For the grand choruses, the St Paul’s Opera principals are joined by the SPO chorus and friends from the Clapham Community Choir. Audience participation will also be encouraged!
Our organist is Michael Hodges, regular organist at St Paul’s Church.
Our conductor is Juliane Gallant, Musical Director with SPO for our recent performances of Orpheus in the Underworld.
Proceeds from this concert will hopefully reach our final target of £120,000 needed to completely refurbish the organ at St Paul’s Church. We intend to give our organ a rousing send off over the Advent and Christmas period, helped by this performance of the Messiah, before it is dismantled in the New Year for its overhaul.
Jonny de Garis
Richard Lloyd Morgan