Arguably the most famous oratorio ever written and certainly Handel’s best known work, Messiah needs little introduction.

Composed in a staggering twenty-four days Messiah was first performed in Dublin in 1742 where it received a rapturous welcome. Not so the following year when it premiered in London to a distinctly hostile reception. It wasn’t until Messiah began to be presented in charity performances at the Foundling Hospital in London that the public started to embrace the work we now regard as Handel’s greatest composition.



  • Handel



  • The Sixteen choir & orchestra
  • Harry Christophers conductor
  • Jessica Cale soprano
  • Catherine Wyn-Rogers alto
  • Gwilym Bowen tenor
  • Henry Waddington bass

Meet the Performers

Alexandra Kidgell


Meet the Performers

Alexandra Kidgell


Venue details

St Martin-in-the-Fields

St Martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square London WC2N 4JH

Box Office: 020 7766 1100

St Martin-in-the-Fields is an architectural jewel sitting at the corner of one of the world’s most famous squares.

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