December Without Handel’s Messiah? Unacceptable!

Handel’s Messiah has been thrilling listeners for close to three hundred years. In Peterborough, audiences have faithfully packed the rafters for nearly thirty to hear the Peterborough Singers perform this sublime work. Frankly, we think December without it would simply be unacceptable!

That’s why on Tuesday, December 22 at 7 p.m., Peterborough Singers’ artistic director Syd Birrell will present a Christmas Messiah from Emmanuel United Church. He’ll share some of his thoughts about Handel’s masterwork, followed by the video premiere of the choir’s performance of part one (plus the Hallelujah Chorus, of course), recorded last December (2019).

The concert features rising talent from the University of Toronto’s historical performance program: David Walsh, Matthew Li, Georgia Burashko, Veronika Anissimova, Lindsay McIntyre, Michaela O’Connor, Rebecca Genge, Ryan McDonald, and Jane Fingler. As well, you’ll hear Ian Sadler at the organ, Paul Otway and Doug Sutherland (trumpets), and Stan Ewing (timpani).

We hope you’ll join us for the video premiere, perhaps sharing your thoughts and reflections in the live chat. Most of all, we hope you’ll help us to continue a great tradition: the Peterborough Singers and Handel’s Messiah.

Tune in for the premiere: Tuesday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m., at the Peterborough Singers YouTube Channel.

The Peterborough Singers thanks its 2020 sponsors for helping to make these video premieres possible.

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