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08 April 2017 7:30pm

Ely Choral Society
Ely Youth Choir
Andrew Parnell conductor
Elizabeth Rauch soprano
Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano
Oliver Martin-Smith tenor
William Gaunt bass
Ely Youth Choir
Ely Festival Orchestra
Helen Medlock
Edmund Aldhouse organ

Regular concert-goers will need no introduction to Messiah. It has more than earned its place as the most popular choral work and one that is central to the oratorio repertoire.

It is very much the stuff of remarkable stories:

  • Handel took just 24 days to compose Messiah.
  • The common belief is that King George II was so impressed with the Hallelujah Chorus that he stood up to listen to it, which obliged the whole audience to follow suit. This is still the custom in many performances to this day.
  • Mozart 'modernised' the rchestration with the addition of flutes, clarinets, horns and trombones.
  • The work attracts large scale performances. Even as early as 1857, it was promoted as part of a Handel festival at the Crystal Palace with a chorus of 2000 and an orchestra of 500. There is an annual Messiah from Scratch in the Royal Albert Hall with upwards of 4000 singers.

ECS is also delighted again to be supporting four young soloists who are making promising starts to what are sure to become high-profile careers.


Tickets £25,£20, £15, £8, U18s £5 available ONLINE at or from ELY CATHEDRAL BOX OFFICE 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm) or email: gro/lardehtacyle//eciffo/xob