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Handel's Messiah

  • St Marys Church Fratton Road Portsmouth, England United Kingdom (map)

Enjoy a unique performance of Handel's Messiah in a special grand version that was first heard in Portsmouth in 1812.

The performance is based on Dr George Burrows' discovery of an 1812 programme in Portsmouth's public library and his research into the context and issues that it raised. More than 200 performers come together to perform this 'Pompey Messiah' to raise money for local charities.

To put that special performance in perspective, George will also give a lecture on 1 March about his discoveries and he will explain how the concert itself forms part of the research. The talk tells the story of our expanding city, a prima donna that escaped Napoleon disguised as a nun and the evolution of a national culture of massed participation in music making that continues to this day.


A public lecture by Dr George Burrows

Wednesday 1 March at 4.00pm

EW1.11, Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth

To register visit: Eventbrite


Handel's Messiah

Saturday 18th March, 7.00pm

St Mary's Church, Portsmouth

The University Choir will join forces with the Solent Symphony Orchestra, Portsmouth Cathedral Choir, St Mary’s Church Choir and soloists from the Royal College of Music.

Tickets: Portsmouth University

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