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We take it for granted now that we perform classical music of all ages – Monteverdi, Bach, right up to now. That wasn’t always the case.
In the past music was much more disposable (dare we say it, a little like some of today’s pop music). Things were performed, became briefly popular and then disappeared. Sometimes forever. In 1784 something revolutionary happened though. London became one of the first places to look back at the history of music, when Handel’s visionary, ecstatic Messiah was revived in a huge performance at Westminster Abbey, an event which ensured its still iconic status.
Laurence Cummings director
Elizabeth Watts soprano
Tim Mead counter-tenor
Nicholas Mulroy tenor
Lisandro Abadie bass-baritone
Choir of the Enlightenment
Concert finishes at approximately 10.30pm