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Anon, 'Messiah—a Christmas song'
The original Messiah and possibly the first oratorio in English
Philippa Hyde, Ciara Hendrick, Nicholas Mulroy, Edward Grint
Vernacular works narrating the Christmas story were common in central Europe and Italy in the baroque era, but unheard of in England—with this single example. Colourful instrumentation with delightful and tuneful airs for angels, shepherds, the Virgin Mary and even three Magi—all drawn to close with a 'hallelujah' chorus (!) built around the final movement of Corelli's popular Christmas concert. Also including a short offertory in Latin and Czech by the Prague-based composer Šimon Brixi.
- 🎉York Early Music Christmas Festival
- 📅Sun, 3 December 2023
- 📍The National Centre for Early Music, York
- 🎫£35, £32 concessions | £7 for under-35
The National Centre for Early Music, York
Walmgate, York, YO1 9TL, United Kingdom