Choir will perform Messiah

Nottingham Harmonic Choir will be performing Handel’s Messiah at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on Saturday, November 30, starting at 7pm.

The performance of Messiah by the choir heralds the start, for some, of the Christmas season. The choir will be looking to continue that with their two carol concerts in December.

A request that ladies did not wear their hooped skirts and gentlemen their swords was printed on Messiah tickets in 1750, allowing more room for people to attend the performance.

The venue was the Chapel in the original Foundling Hospital in London, and was so popular that it became an annual event.

The composer, G.F. Handel was the conductor before ill-health prevented this but he attended all performances until his death. Concerts raised vital funds for the hospital, which had been set up to care for and educate babies in London who had been abandoned, foundlings. Subsequently a Hospital Governor, Handel bequeathed a copy of Messiah to them.

For their own annual performance the full chorus of Nottingham Harmonic Choir, under musical director Richard Laing, will be joined by soloists of the highest calibre and the Orchestra da Camera. Ticket are available from the box office on 0115 9895555.