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Handel's Messiah

Event cancelled due to Coronavirus 

George Frederic Handel

Saturday 16 May 2020


(please note the earlier than usual start time; ends 9.45pm approximately)


St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds


Fae Evelyn soprano

Valerie Reid mezzo-soprano

Austin Gunn tenor

Graeme Danby bass


Norwich Baroque

Bury Bach Choir

Philip Reed conductor


Come and enjoy the energy and variety of Handel’s Messiah, performed by the Bury Bach Choir in St Edmundsbury Cathedral as part of Bury St Edmunds Festival 2020 and of the Abbey 1000 celebrations.


One of the best-known choral works in western music, Messiah was first performed in April 1742, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible and the psalms included in the Book of Common Prayer.  Jennens’ text is an extended reflection on Jesus as the Messiah, providing a fitting contribution to the Abbey 1000 celebrations.


If you’ve not heard Messiah before, prepare to be enthralled by this most famous oratorio in the English language.  This is musical storytelling of the very highest quality, full of uplifting tunes, with a remarkable variety of pace guaranteed to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.  The work features the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ and many other famous numbers.


With top-flight soloists and the superb Norwich Baroque, this promises to be a performance to remember.  Don’t miss it!

Booking opens 17 February 2020

Tickets £25 (reserved), £20 and £15 (unreserved)

Early booking discout £1 off all tickets booked by 31 March 2020


2019/20 Season

Saturday 16 May 2020


St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Handel Messiah

Event cancelled 

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