Handel's Messiah

The English Concert brings Handel’s 'Messiah' to life on stage in their latest collaboration with the Bristol Old Vic

Tom Morris director
Harry Bicket conductor/harpsichord
The English Concert
The Erebus Ensemble

Julia Doyle soprano
Catherine-Wyn Rogers alto
Joshua Ellicott tenor
Brindley Sherratt bass

The Apostles are desolate at the loss of their charismatic leader, with their faith put to the ultimate test. Yet from the depths of such despair comes renewed conviction: theirs is a mission to redeem the world by sharing the news of Jesus’s life and death with all humanity. The Apostles’ conviction is matched by director Tom Morris, whose vision brings Handel’s Messiah to life on stage in our latest collaboration with the Bristol Old Vic.

Handel, the master of Italian opera, had turned his attention to English-language oratorio in the years preceding Messiah but had lost none of his dramatic skills. Indeed, Handel cast some of the best operatic voices of the generation and caused great controversy not only by recruiting a cathedral choir into his ‘club of fiddlers’ for the Dublin premiere, but by presenting such a sacred work in theatres upon his return to England, including its first performance at the Bristol Old Vic in 1782, something not repeated until recently.

Tickets: £40-£15 (plus booking fee) £8 Standing Pit

A co-production between The English Concert and the Bristol Old Vic

Kindly supported by The John S Cohen Foundation

“The very building seemed to glow and sigh with delighted recognition at the playing of this Baroque ensemble” - Stage Talk Magazine

Soloists & Players
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About

Harry Bicket is internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, appointed Artistic Director of The English Concert in 2007

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Soloist

"Wonderfully zesty and fresh... The vibrant singing of the youthful Erebus Ensemble made the evening" The Independent, August 2014

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Catherine Wyn-Rogers studied at the Royal College of Music and works with Diane Forlano. She appears regularly at the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall and the Three Choirs, Edinburgh and Aldeburgh festivals. She has performed with Slatkin, Haitink, Andrew Davis, Colin Davis, Rozhdestvensky, Mackerras, Norrington and Mehta, and has recorded extensively for the major labels.A regular guest of the Bavarian State...

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Described by the Wiener Zeitung as ‘the magnificent tenor’ for his performance with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Purcell’s Fairy Queen he has also been described by the New York Times as a “stand out in an excellent cast” for his portrayal of Andres in Wozzeck with the Philharmonia and Esa Pekka Salonen at the Lincoln Centre New York.Joshua was born in Manchester and is a graduate of the University...

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