with The Black Dyke Band
Messiah is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer.
Handel composed his most famous piece in 1741, and continued to work on it after its initial performance, finally arriving at the version we know today in 1754.
Impressive solo arias, like 'Ev'ry valley shall be exalted' and 'Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion' are interspersed with compelling chorus numbers, telling the story of Jesus' birth, life, death, resurrection, and final victory over sin and death.
The rousing 'Hallelujah' Chorus is one of the most famous pieces of Baroque choral music, and probably the most widely-known section of the work. Audiences tend to stand during performances -a tradition that allegedly began when King George II stood up during the chorus at the oratorio’s first London performance.