Photography – Zhang Wenjie
We know, Messiah wasn’t due for another Sydney Philharmonia outing until 2021, but after a tough year we’re turning to the comfort of tradition and the joyous, uplifting power of Handel’s greatest oratorio.
Our COVID-safe Messiah will look a little different, though. The Symphony Chorus – normally a cast of hundreds – will number just 32 singers and they’ll be supported by a streamlined orchestra of strings with trumpets and drums. As it happens, this is nearly identical to the forces Handel used for the premiere in Dublin in 1742.
On the other hand, we won’t be suggesting the Ladies come without their hoops or the Gentlemen leave their swords at home in order to squeeze more people into St Andrew’s Cathedral. We’re limiting capacity to 400 people, including performers, and asking everyone to keep at least one swords’ distance at all times.
Finally, in order to keep the concert to an hour, we’re performing just Part 1: The prophecy of Christ’s appearance on earth and the Nativity.
“What! No Hallelujah Chorus?” No fear, we wouldn’t deprive you of a chance to stand up, although we will have to ask you to refrain from singing along.
Don’t delay or you might be like the hundreds who were left milling around outside the Fishamble Street Musick Hall in 1742, hoping to get in…
Saturday 5th December 2pm & 5pm
St Andrew’s Cathedral
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Messiah Part the First
Brett Weymark conductor
Sydney Philharmonia Symphony Chorus
Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra
Penelope Mills Soprano
Russell Harcourt Countertenor
Richard Butler Tenor
Christopher Richardson Bass
Concert duration: 60 minutes, no interval
General Admission $50 + booking fee
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