Hallelujah! Enjoy Handel’s Messiah by candlelight at Worcester Cathedral

Worcester Festival Choral Society’s 2021 Messiah concert at Worcester Cathedral. Picture: Michael Whitefoot
Worcester Festival Choral Society’s 2021 Messiah concert at Worcester Cathedral. Picture: Michael Whitefoot

MUSIC lovers will be able to hear one of the best-loved of all choral works - Handel’s glittering oratorio Messiah - sung by 130 voices and renowned soloists at a candlelit Worcester Cathedral.

The concert – which includes the stirring Hallelujah chorus – is being staged by the region’s leading large classical choir, Worcester Festival Choral Society, under the baton of Worcester Cathedral’s director of music, Samuel Hudson.

The spectacular event is set to take place this Saturday, December 10 at 7.30pm.

Also appearing are acclaimed soloists Philippa Hyde (soprano), Sarah Denbee (mezzo-soprano), Tom Robson (tenor) and Edward Grint (bass-baritone). Accompanying is the Meridian Sinfonia, playing Baroque-pitch instruments.

Written 280 years ago, Handel’s Messiah remains one of the world’s most popular choral works. When King George II attended its premiere in 1742, he is said to have been so moved by the Hallelujah chorus that he rose to his feet – a tradition that audiences continue today.

The oratorio is also packed with other well-known arias and choruses such as 'For unto us a child is born', 'And He shall purify' and 'The trumpets shall sound'.

Ben Cooper, chairman of Worcester Festival Choral Society, said: “Handel’s Messiah is always a thrill to hear and to sing. It really is the perfect way to herald the Christmas season. We’re expecting a packed cathedral!”

Established in 1861 and closely associated with Sir Edward Elgar in its early years, Worcester Festival Choral Society draws its auditioned singers from across the region.

The society stages three major concerts in Worcester Cathedral each year, bringing some of the world’s ‘great choral works’ to the City.

A ‘Come & Sing’ one-day choral workshop, open to all singers, is also held each spring.

Tickets £15-£27 from www.wfcs.online or the TicketSource hotline: 0333 666 3366.