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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
  • Hilary Cronin soprano
  • Hugh Cutting countertenor
  • Nick Pritchard tenor
  • James Newby baritone

Venue details

Saffron Hall

Box Office: 0845 548 7650

Saffron Hall is an award-winning concert hall uniquely located on the campus of Saffron Walden County High School. Built with the generous support of the Yellow Car Charitable Trust, Saffron Hall has become a vibrant, pioneering model of community cultural provision and arts education since its opening in November 2013.

Meet the Performers

Alexandra Kidgell


Meet the Performers

Alexandra Kidgell


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