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Handel's Messiah
Wednesday 17th April 2019, 7:30pm   
Michael Tippett Centre, Newton Park Campus
Full Price £10 | Conc £8 | BSU Students £5    


About the Concert
 The Messiah was composed by Handel for a first performance in Dublin (1741 – 2) as part of a series of concerts at the New Music Hall. It was not an immediate success and English audiences preferred the new Samson.  In particular they did not like the use of purely biblical words.  It was revived in 1745 and 49 but it was not until 1750 that it became a tradition to perform it annually at Covert Garden at the end of the Lent season.   

By 1755 it was being performed in Bath and has been part of the musical year in Bath ever since.  It is not a typical Handel oratorio as it has no characters or plot.  Instead act one consists of texts on prophecy, act two concerns the crucifixion, and the third act the resurrection and the day of judgement.  By the nineteenth century its performance was part of the fabric of the nation.  

No musical work is better loved. 

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