Handel’s Messiah at Ripon Cathderal

Soloist Soraya Mafi
Soloist Soraya Mafi

For many music lovers Handel’s Messiah defines both choral music and Christmas. Ever since its first performance in Dublin in 1741 this work has remained at the heart of musical life with its vibrant choruses and poignant arias.

Do not miss your chance to hear such favourites at the Hallelujah Chorus and the Trumpet Shall Sound on Saturday in Ripon Cathedral when the 150-strong Ripon Choral Society will be in full voice.

This year conductor John Dunford has decided to make some changes. He plans to replace one or two of the more familiar movements to allow time for some beautiful but frequently-omitted ones, such as the duet for countertenor and tenor Oh Death, Where is Thou Sting? and the ensuing chorus But Thanks Be to God. Both majestic and moving, this is quite simply the best music to both sing and listen to and the perfect preparation for Christmas.

The concert is on Saturday at 7.30pm in Ripon Cathedral, with conductor John Dunford and soloists Soraya Mafi (soprano), Matthew Lennox (countertenor), Edward Rimmer (tenor) and Adam Green (bass), accompanied by Orchestra D’Amici.

Tickets £20 reserved, £18 unreserved (student concessions available), from 07736 759 930, from cathedral shop, on the door, or online at www.riponchoralsociety.org.uk