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Saturday 9th November at 7.45 in St Swithun’s Church, Yateley

Handel’s Messiah

In the run up to the season of Advent, Yateley Choral Society will perform George Frederick Handel’s Messiah, the colourful story about the life of Jesus from the virgin birth through to his death and resurrection. This mighty oratorio stands apart in its genre as a forthright and multi-textured piece, known to many and loved by all who hear it.


Unlike other contemporaneous pieces of a comparative scale, Handel’s Messiah has consistently delighted audiences since its very first performance in 1742 in Dublin. Perhaps because of its speed of production – Handel wrote the piece in just 24 days! – the score remains unfailingly fresh and life-giving to all who hear it. It is as reassuringly familiar as it is deceptively insightful; every performance offers something new and entrancing whilst re-charming old hands with their favourite musical moments.


Handel incorporates a number of different styles and influences in the score, contrasting solos with choruses, high voices with low, and ingeniously crafts moments of incredible instrumental virtuosity amongst the vocal flair. Graceful dances like And the glory of the Lord are juxtaposed with psychological torments (He was despised), and unified in tuneful harmony in the famous Hallelujah chorus. King George II himself is said to have been so moved by this particular chorus, that he stood up in reverence of the music and its character. Let’s hope our performance lives up to those regal expectations!

Yateley Choral Society will be joined by four exciting professional soloists as well as our friends from West Forest Sinfonia for a lively performance of this famous work. This is a concert not to be missed!