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130 Cathedral choristers to join chamber orchestra for performance of Handel’s masterpiece
More than 130 voices from both of Liverpool’s cathedrals are to join a 16-piece Chamber Orchestra to perform Handel’s masterpiece Messiah.
Boy and girl choristers, lay clerks and chamber choirs from the Anglican and Metropolitan cathedrals will join the Liverpool Cathedral Chamber Orchestra, making a total company of 150 for the December concert.
First performed in Dublin in 1782, the piece was intended to be sung at Easter or during Lent but has now become a firm Christmas favourite and is performed all over the world. The oratorio has more than 50 movements within its three act structure, making it one of the most complex pieces of music for choirs to perform.
The job of conducting all five choirs and the orchestra will fall to David Poulter, Director of Music of Liverpool Cathedral.
David Poulter said: “We enjoy making music with our very good friends from the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir, and the joint performance of Messiah will be the highlight of many collaborations this year.
“We are indebted to the Francis Neilson Trust for sponsoring this concert, which will be a fantastic educational experience for our young choristers, and which promises to be the very best performance of Messiah for miles around this Christmas!”
Christopher McElroy, Director of Music at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral said: “This is a great opportunity to hear Handel’s Messiah sung by children’s voices accompanied by adults as at the premiere in Dublin in 1782. The sound of the combined choirs and orchestra should be thrilling.”