Handel’s Messiah

There are very few choral singers who haven’t at one time or another sung Handel’s Messiah. Many choirs make it a regular feature of their concert programme, and it is probably the one work that people who don’t usually listen to classical music will have heard – or at least heard of. Certain choruses such as ‘Unto us a child is born’, or the Halleluja! chorus regularly get performed as part of Christmas concerts, and solos arias such as ‘And the trumpet shall sound’  for the bass, or the alto aria ‘He was despised’ (famously sung by Kathleen Ferrier), or the soprano aria ‘I know that my redeemer liveth’ are familiar to many people who haven’t heard the whole oratorio.

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