Handel’s Messiah 2022

World record performance in Melbourne Town Hall

The 39th Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Concert

“The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra delivered another vibrant and polished reading. Music director Andrew Wailes conducted with precision and infectious energy urging the chamber-sized orchestra and 100-strong choir to some stirring renditions of the big choir pieces including the famous Hallelujah, Glory to God and For unto us a Child is born. Wailes favouring brisk tempos made for exciting listening…”  – The Age 
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra presents Handel’s iconic Messiah for the world record 243rd time since 1853. The world’s most-loved oratorio, Messiah is famous for its sparkling arias, powerful choruses, and surging climaxes (including the magnificent Hallelujah! Chorus and the equally thrilling Amen! Chorus which concludes the work).
Featuring over 100 talented musicians from the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, the grand Town Hall organ, and a magnificent international cast of outstanding soloists, this concert promises to thrill as ever under the direction of Andrew Wailes – widely regarded as one of Australia’s foremost exponents of this great work.
The RMP’s annual performance of this masterpiece is a much-anticipated highlight of Melbourne’s concert calendar. Don’t miss being part of this wonderful musical tradition.
“Wailes made sure that the pace did not slacken… Wailes, who cuts a dapper, self-possessed figure on the podium, showed an impressive compulsion, driving his forces along with insistent power. It is hard to recall when this oratorio has been treated with such attention given to its dramatic potential; no singer – soloist or chorister – was given latitude to generate that fruity and orotund timbre familiar from performances of 20 years ago.”   Clive O’Connell (The Age) 
Andrew Wailes, conductor
Anna Voshege, soprano
Fiona Campbell, mezzo soprano
Nicholas Jones, tenor
David Greco, baritone 
Stefan Cassomenos, harpsichord
Andrew Bainbridge, chamber and grand organ
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra
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