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Christmas is just around the corner, which means it’s time again for one of Sydney’s oldest musical traditions: Radio Community Chest’s production of the Messiah.
This annual performance of Handel’s massive choral work debuted in 1941, featuring combined church choirs. Every year since, the oratorio has captured the spirit of the season and enchanted Sydneysiders. With the grand organ, an orchestra and a choir of hundreds, the 72nd performance is sure to continue the tradition.
This year there will be two presentations: Wednesday 12 December at 7.30pm and the popular matinee on Sunday 16 December at 2.15pm, both at Sydney’s gloriously renovated Town Hall.
The conductor, who will hold the hundreds of performers under his baton, is Tim Chung, who has many years of experience conducting many Sydney based ensembles, including the Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Sydney University Musical Society, Coro Innominata, and the Macquarie University Singers.
Soloists on both nights are soprano Amy Corkery, contralto Bridgett Patterson, tenor Pascal Herington and bass Alexander Knight. Leading Sydney organist Peter Kneeshaw will be at the organ console.
In true Christmas spirit, the proceeds from the annual performance of the Messiah go to helping the needy in the Sydney area. The Radio Community Chest began in 1941, and has always been intent on allowing people to enjoy Christmas – whether through relishing Handel’s beautiful work or benefiting from the thousands of dollars raised by the concerts.
- On Wednesday 12 December from 19.30 to 22.00
- On Sunday 16 December from 14.15 to 16.45
Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street (cnr Druitt Street) Sydney 2000 Venue details
Radio Community Chest
02 8256 2222
How to get to this event:
Town Hall Railway Station, Sydney Explorer Bus Stop 24, George Street Bus Services.
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Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street (cnr Druitt Street) Sydney 2000