Composed in 1741 in only 24 days, Handel’s immortal oratorio has secured a place in history as one of the most frequently performed oratorios of all time. Perhaps best remembered for its exuberant “Hallelujah” chorus, this English oratorio sets liturgical texts that celebrate the prophecy, birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to glorious Baroque orchestration. Even if you are not religious, the music and voices raised in lyrical celebration are wonderful to hear. The Easter weekend is the perfect occasion to experience Handel’s Messiah.
Cape Town’s own Brandon Phillips will be conducting this year’s performances. He conducted our Messiah concerts in 2011 and 2013, bringing new energy and pace to the performances, and we look forward to working with him again. The choir prides itself on working with excellent soloists and giving opportunities to emerging talent. This year we are excited to be singing with the following performers.