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A performance of the iconic Messiah oratorio is coming to Liverpool Cathedral

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A performance of the iconic Messiah oratorio is coming to Liverpool Cathedral
Credit: Liverpool Cathedral

Handel’s iconic Messiah returns to Liverpool Cathedral on May 18th at 7:30pm with a stunning performance featuring the Cathedral’s Choir alongside the Metropolitan Cathedral.

The choirs will be joined by an array of musical talent. Professor Ian Tracey will accompany on the organ alongside the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. In addition, a line up of soloists includes Jennifer Lee, Danielle Thomas, Chris Why and Damian O’Keeffe.

Professor Ian Tracey is one of Britain’s best known and most widely respected musicians, having been organist at the monumental Anglican Cathedral in his home town of Liverpool for over 30 years. His performances there on the famous ‘Willis’ organ – the largest in the UK – have thrilled the instrument’s thousands of fans around the world and met with praise from the critics.

The work is one of the most famous oratorios, telling the story of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ. It has been performed at many locations around the world including in Liverpool Cathedral.

Liverpool Cathedral
Credit: Liverpool Cathedral

First performed in Dublin in 1742 and then for King George II in London the following year it has endured and gained popularity over the centuries becoming a fixture in many repertoires. Its grand, epic storytelling and spinetingling moments like the famous Hallelujah Chorus mean this is an accessible performance for all.

Liverpool Cathedral Director of Music, Stephen Mannings says:

“We are very excited to be once again performing Handel’s iconic work alongside our colleagues of the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir. The fact that we’re able to be performing it in Liverpool Cathedral during our centenary makes it an extra special performance for us. In addition to our two magnificent choirs, we have four brilliant, seasoned soloists, and are being accompanied by Professor Ian Tracey on the organ, and the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra All in all it’s a fantastic line up and a great way experience on of the finest pieces of classical music.”

Tickets are on sale via the Liverpool Cathedral website here – Adults £12 and Children £10.

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