An annual tradition is being continued this Christmas, with a powerful performance of Handel’s Messiah in St Paul’s Cathedral.

I’ve attended in the past, and even if the purists moan about something called “the acoustics”*, for the average joe, stirring song and music in the stunning surroundings of the mighty Cathedral is an overwhelming evening.

Tickets are released in three batches, and the first will be offered this Thur 7th Nov at 3pm — and are entirely free. The performance takes place on Wed 4th December at 6:30pm.

A donations collection tray will be passed around during the toilet-break in the concert.

The Messiah is part of the Cathedral’s Christmas celebrations — full details of which are here.

*Often the same people who wear headphones on the tube, where the acoustics are worse.


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One comment
  1. Tony Moore says:

    My name is Tony Moore. I sang Handel’s Messiah at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1961 with a combined choir of churches in and around London. I was a choir boy at St Thomas The Apostle in Hanwell, West London, at the time. We rehearsed in a crypt under the church for 2 months and at that time I could reach Top C (a breeze for me then). In the crypt where we were getting changed, there was a large black funeral carriage that Queen Victoria’s body was laid in on her final journey through London. It made the perfect place for myself and my friend Ian Howard to sit on while eating our sandwiches in our break from rehearsals, that is until the Dean of St. Paul’s came down and saw us. He became very cross and told us both off so we had to take our sandwiches off the carriage. Ian and I were at the front of the large choir placed in front of the Cello’s. We all sounded really beautiful, with the orchestra and whenever I hear Handel’s Messiah ever since it always takes me back to that time singing there at St. Paul’s. I am a writer now and the story of me singing at St Paul’s is one story in my book.One Of A Kind Making Things Happen

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