Handel's Messiah - St Albans Choral Society

Sat, 21 April 2018

St Albans Choral Society 

George Vass

Helen-Jane Howells 

Counter Tenor
William Purefoy  

Christopher Bowen

Alexander Ashworth

Accompanying Orchestra 
Orchestra Nova

Concert Sponsors 
Calderwood Wealth Management


Programme: Handel Messiah

The love affair that British classical music audiences have with Handel’s Messiah is something of a phenomenon. Since its Dublin premiere in 1742, the work has been regularly performed across the land by choirs of all shapes and sizes.

Handel composed his famous oratorio in 1741, and continued to revise it until, in 1754, he finally arrived at the version we know and love today. Moving solo arias are interspersed with inspiring choruses, telling the story of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection – and his final victory over sin and death.

The somewhat forgotten genius behind the success of Messiah is librettist Charles Jennens, who freely adapted the words of the King James Bible. Handel's ability to capture the mood – from passionate rage to serene pastoral moments – is what makes this one of the most enduring choral works of all time.


St Albans Choral Society

St Albans Choral Society is one of Hertfordshire’s leading amateur choirs; it gave its first concert in December 1944 and since then has performed a huge part of the choral repertoire with music ranging from the Baroque to the present day. The Society has an enviable reputation for the commissioning and performance of new choral work and enjoys a great relationship with Orchestra Nova, its regular performance partner.

Recent repertoire has included the Requiems of Fauré and Duruflé, Handel Dettingen Te Deum, Mozart Mass in C minor, Beethoven Mass in C and works by contemporary composers including Sally Beamish, James Francis Brown, Gabriel Jackson, Cecilia McDowall and Tarik O’Regan.

Firmly rooted in the local community, St Albans Choral Society was recently involved in a major education outreach programme with local primary schools and the choir’s singing group regularly performs to people in senior living accommodation who are unable to attend concerts.

Celebrated British conductor and festival director, George Vass, was appointed music director of the choir in 1994; in October 2017, he was presented with a BASCA Gold Badge Award for his support of the British song-writing and composing community.



£25 - Centre front with full view                                                      

£20 - Centre middle with full view or slight restricted view

£15 - Centre towards back with full view or restricted view

£10 - Centre back with full view    

£10 - No view at sides (seats will only be released when seats with views have sold out)



Children (under 18) -  £5


Limited Wheelchair spaces with Carer going free.  

Wheelchair spaces and carer discounts can only be booked through the Box Office. Please call 01727 890290 or visit the Cathedral.

Entry by the Cedar Tree Door, Sumpter Yard. Doors open 7.00pm. Performance starts 7.30pm and ends approximately 10 pm. 


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