Sunday November 29, 2020

Classical Notes: Hallelujah, it’s Christmastime with Handel and Palestrina

Vivian Coates's three-venue production of Messiah is a highlight in this year’s choral build-up to Christmas

11th December, 2016
Taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured with the Palestrina Choir Pic: Photocall Ireland

Handel’s Messiah arrives with the frequency of Santa in the run-up to Christmas Day, but that isn’t the end of its annual usage for choral groups and music societies. No sooner have the hallelujahs faded into the ether than they return nationwide for Easter, where the Messiah rightly belongs, and then for Handel’s Temple Bar Dublin anniversary on April 13.

How Herr Handel would have loved this. He was always...

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