‘SHALL THE TRUE MESSIAH SEE’
Sunday 16 July 11.00 am – 3.30 pm – Study Day
Introduced and presented by Peter Medhurst with Helen Semple (soprano), Richard Rowe (tenor) and Jeremy Limb (piano)
Music lovers are often surprised – shocked, even – that there is no definitive version of Handel’s Messiah.
With each major performance that the composer mounted during the 1740s and ‘50s, he subtracted, added or rewrote existing numbers in order to pacify the whims of his librettist, or to reflect the vocal abilities of singers new to a production.
With his team of musicians, Peter Medhurst explores the history, the sources, and the various versions of the world’s most famous piece of choral music to reveal the essence of the true Handel Messiah.