Ely Choral Society Presents Handel’s Messiah – Saturday 8 April 2017 at 7.30 p.m.

Handel's Messiah

Ely Cathedral
Saturday 8 April 2017 at 7.30 p.m.


Regular concert-goers will need no introduction to Messiah.

It has more than earned its place as the most popular choral work and one that is central to the oratorio repertoire. It is very much the stuff of remarkable stories:

  • Handel took just 24 days to compose Messiah.
  • The common belief is that King George II was so impressed with the Hallelujah Chorus that he stood up to listen to it, which obliged the whole audience to follow suit. This is still the custom in many performances to this day.
  • Mozart ‘modernised’ the orchestration with the addition of flutes, clarinets, horns and trombones.
  • The work attracts large scale performances. Even as early as 1857, it was promoted as part of a Handel festival at the Crystal Palace with a chorus of 2000 and an orchestra of 500. There is an annual Messiah from Scratch® in the Royal Albert Hall with upwards of 4000 singers.

Ely Choral Society, with Ely Youth Choir (who have sung in three Scratch® Youth Messiah concerts, also at RAH) are joined by Ely Festival Orchestra (leader Helen Medlock) and Edmund Aldhouse on the chamber organ.

ECS is also delighted again to be supporting four young soloists who are making promising starts to what are sure to become high-profile careers. The concert is conducted by Andrew Parnell.

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