Guest blog: Watch or take part in Messiah

Festival Director Samir Savant unveils exciting online plans for the Handel Festival, and invites you to watch and participate - all you need is enthuasism and commitment!

How to watch Messiah

Each year at Christmas, the London Handel Festival presents Messiah from St George’s church in London’s Mayfair, where Handel worshipped. This year, because of Covid-19 restrictions, it will be different. On 3 December, our soloists and London Handel Orchestra will perform live in the church, alongside choruses pre-recorded by six choirs – five partner choirs and a special all comers ‘Sing at home’ Chorus, all part of our 'Messiah Reimagined' project. The whole event will be livestreamed, with the choruses as an integral digital element, and will be available to view during and afterwards on our Handel Festival YouTube channel.  

Take part in Messiah 

The response to our December Messiah Reimagined project has been so positive that we have decided to repeat it on Easter Monday (5 April, 2021). We invite you and members of your choir or choral society to join our ‘Sing at Home’ chorus for this event. We ask each singer to prepare and record up to three choruses from the work – ‘And the Glory’, ‘Worthy is the Lamb’ and of course the famous ‘Hallelujah!’ chorus. This December we have 150 singers from 16 countries across five continents; next time we aim for an even bigger choir, so please help us spread the word!

Please do not worry if you have not sung for a while, or have not taken part in a virtual choir before - all we ask for is enthusiasm and commitment. We will give you lots of support, including detailed instructions with backing tracks, Zoom rehearsals with Laurence Cummings, our Musical Director, and special online events to help and inspire you. Find out more on our website

Just imagine how special it will feel to add your voice to hundreds of others in this unique performance from Handel’s church. It will be a ground-breaking and novel way of doing it, and the composer would be really proud!