The trumpet shall sound on November 18 in Knock with the Basilica’s inaugural performance of Handel’s Messiah, the world’s most famous and beloved oratorio, renowned for stunning choruses and arias. Following last year’s sell-out performance of the Concert for Peace, attended by the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins, Knock Basilica has announced the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to present Handel’s Messiah.
Overflowing with the most exciting choral writing, thundering timpani, and blazing trumpets, the Messiah energises audiences, and leaves them singing ‘Hallelujah’.
Featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn, with a 180-strong choir and an incomparable line up of international soloists, this will be a sensational evening of delightful and thrilling music making. A former member of the Salzburger Festspiele’s prestigious Young Singers Project, soprano Claudia Boyle has dramatically raised her international profile in recent seasons through highly acclaimed performances in Zurich, Rome, London, Berlin, and New York.
International tenor Julian Hubbard’s engagements take him from Dublin to the Edinburgh and Aldeburgh festivals, Brussels, Montepulciano, Stuttgart, and to the Wigmore Hall London. Mayo-born and based Anne Marie Gibbons appears regularly with both the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. She is a former English National Opera Company principal and her many international credits include performances in Paris, Adelaide, Lausanne, and Covent Garden, London.
Northern Ireland bass Christopher Cull is an alumnus of Queens University Belfast, The Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the National Opera Studio London. Appearances include London, Dublin, Belfast, and Aberdeen.
Proinnsías Ó Duinn served as principal conductor with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra from 1978 to 2002 when he was appointed conductor laureate. During this time he recorded commercially with both the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. His repertoire ranges from popular music to major symphonies and includes many national and world premières. Proinnsías Ó Duinn conducts the international Messiah-choir by invitation every year at the German city of Halle, the birthplace of Handel, and is the pre-eminent interpreter of the Messiah in Ireland.
Our Lady’s Choral Society was founded in Dublin in 1945 and in its annual performances appears regularly at the National Concert Hall with the National Orchestras. The coming together of OLCS with members of the Ballina Chamber Choir and Cór Mhaigh Eo will create a 180-strong choir to raise the roof of the Basilica in the breathtaking choruses, such as the 'Hallelujah' and the great 'Amen'.
For more information visit www.knockmessiah.com or contact [email protected], tickets can be found online at www.knockmessiah.com or in person from theWitness to Hope Office, Knock Basilica, and Downtown Records Castlebar and Westport.