Friday 20 October 2017

275 years on, Dubliners flock to hear 'Messiah' once again

Members of Our Lady’s Choral Society, accompanied by the Dublin Handelian Orchestra, during an outdoor performance on Fishamble Street, Dublin, of Handel’s ‘Messiah’. Photo: PA
Members of Our Lady’s Choral Society, accompanied by the Dublin Handelian Orchestra, during an outdoor performance on Fishamble Street, Dublin, of Handel’s ‘Messiah’. Photo: PA
Jane Last

Jane Last

Some 275 years on - and Dublin still remains very proud of its 'Messiah'.

George Frideric Handel chose the Music Hall on Fishamble Street for the world premiere of 'Messiah' on April 13, 1742 - forever linking it to Dublin and Easter celebrations.

Every year recently, Our Ladies' Choral Society, along with the Dublin Handelian Orchestra and tenor soloist Peter O'Reilly, perform excerpts of the work, conducted by the acclaimed Proinnsías Ó Duinn. And yesterday was no different.

While the original venue is long gone, hundreds of people flocked to the performance in its outdoor setting on Fishamble Street to commemorate one of the city's most historical music events.

The event formed part of the MusicTown initiative -which runs until Easter Monday - and celebrates the rich music heritage and the contemporary artistic lifeblood of Dublin City.

For more details, visit www.musictown.ie.

Irish Independent

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