Frederich Handel, composer of ‘Messiah’ which was premiered in Dublin.

Hallelujah! Slane to host ‘Messiah’

A concert version of Handel’s Oratorio Messiah will be performed in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland, Slane, on Saturday 14th May in aid of Meath Church of Ireland Child Care Society.

The performers will include the Occasional Singers (conductor Robin Moore) and soloists Eimear Harper, soprano, Kanchana Jaishankar, contralto Cathal McCabe, tenor Fionn O hAllmain, bass. Trumpeter will be local musician Colm Byrne and the organ will be played by Edward Holly, conductor of the St Peter’s Male Voice Choir in Drogheda, also a distinguished accompanist and arranger.

This is the second time that the Messiah has been performed in Slane in recent times; on the last occasion the concert was a sell-out. This performance will feature similar forces as last time. This performance had been scheduled for April 2020 - but Covid intervened. The Occasional Singers have been performing the Messiah at many venues in Dublin, Wicklow and other parts of the country for the last 20 years and its members are drawn from leading choirs and choral societies including the National Symphony Chorus, Our Lady’s Choral society and others.

A feature of the night is that the audience are encouraged to join in at the Hallelujah Chorus and you are encouraged to bring your score along. The concert begins at 7.30pm sharp. Tickets €20 available from THE HUB, Slane, (041) 982 4000.