The English Concert

Handel's Messiah

In collaboration with Tom Morris and Bristol Old Vic, The English Concert plans to bring a new staging of Handel’s iconic Messiah to audiences in London and the UK. Written for the best operatic voices of the time, The English Concert restores the dramatic experience of Handel's iconic work.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016


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The strong tradition of touring opera and large-scale works in the UK is under threat. Orchestras are forced to consider smaller instrumental projects instead as there is insufficient funding to mount such costly performances, denying ensembles and audiences the chance to explore this field. This project would seek to restore the dramatic context within which Handel’s music was considered by his contemporaries, lost largely through changes in taste and performance traditions over the centuries.


The dramatization of Handel’s Messiah will offer modern audiences a fresh and profound manner of engaging with an important work in the history of music and contribute a new entry into the operatic repertoire. By bringing this production to London and to the rest of the UK we will not only resist the decline of touring opera in the UK, but demonstrate that it is a worthy cause which is relevant to audiences country-wide.