It's no wonder that Handel's most revered work has become a part of the Easter tradition. Performed by the Royal Choral Society on Good Friday every year, this masterpiece of the oratorio genre continues to amaze audiences with its stunning display of vocal talent.
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Born in 1685, George Frederic Handel turned to English language oratorios after experiencing a decline in tickets sales for his other works. His English language forays proved to be so successful that rumours spread of students selling their furniture in order to pay for the five shilling tickets. First performed in Dublin 1742 - a year after its completion - the oratorio was slow to gain favour, despite putting on performances that were so packed women were asked to remove the hoops from their skirts and men their swords. Now, the piece is one of the most frequently performed in Western Music.
Telling the story recounted in the King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer, this oratorio follows the life of Jesus (the "Messiah") from the nativity to his ascension. Originally written for a modest ensemble, it's not hard to imagine what the Royal Choral Society can bring to this emotionally charged piece of opera. Considered the definitive interpretation of this stand-out piece of opera, the performance is complimented by the talents of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The RCS is estimated to have sung the work over 272 times - making the choir the foremost experts in its performance.
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