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Published on April 12th, 2010 | by Niamh


In Handel’s Day

After the 250th Handel celebrations last year, it has quickly rolled around to that time of year again. Tomorrow, 13th April Dublin will celebrate In Handel’s Day. Last year I was lucky enough to go to the live performance of Handel’s Messiah in full in Christ Church Cathedral and it was a beautiful, almost surreal experience, thanks in no small part to the wonderful choir as well as the extraordinary setting.

Tomorrow will see the most famous celebration, Messiah on the Street take place at 1pm on Fishamble Street, Dublin 2 performed by Our Lady’s Choral Society. The reason for the unusual location is that the Messiah (excerpts of) is performed outside the building where it was first performed in 1742.

There are also two Handel-themed walking tours tomorrow, one at 11am with well known Dublin historian Pat Liddy, ending up at the Messiah on the Street for 1pm and the other at 12 noon and led by Professor Barra Boydell, a music historian. With the beautiful weather, it will be a perfect day for a stroll about town 🙂

You can read about all of the other events in the online brochure. Although mostly free, some of the events will require tickets so make sure to have a good look and book your tickets as soon as you can

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