EX CATHEDRA | Handel - Messiah
Handel - Messiah



Handel - Messiah

EX CATHEDRA Choir & Baroque Orchestra
Jeffrey Skidmore conductor

Margaret Lingas, Imogen Russell, Katie Trethewey soprano
Gabriella Liandu, Martha McLorinan, Anna Semple alto
Sebastian Hill, James Robinson, Bradley Smith tenor
Thomas Lowen, Themba Mvula, Lawrence White bass

The trumpet shall sound! We’re excited to revisit Handel’s thrilling masterpiece with a historically-informed performance that underscores the vitality and virtuosity of its much-loved choruses and arias – sung by our wonderful company of soloists.

What better way to start your festive season?

Jeffrey writes:

"At the beginning of the Christmas festivities Ex Cathedra performs Handel’s Messiah, the  ‘greatest story ever told’  with some of the most famous and well-loved arias and choruses ever written. What distinguishes an Ex Cathedra performance?  Freshness is frequently mentioned, even in pieces we have often performed, as is the quality of our team of soloists who also sing in the choruses and are part of the choir and the Ex Cathedra Consort.  This company of skilled singers (12 for Messiah) who work regularly together create the stylistic consistency which is one of the hallmarks of Ex Cathedra’s work."

Running time: approx. 2 hours 45 minutes.
There will be a 20-minute interval after Part 1, and a short pause between Parts 2 & 3.


stunning … crisp, precise and beautifully balanced



How to book

£56 / £46 / £36 / £26 / £15 including per ticket commission
£15 - aged 18-30, not in full-time education
£5 - under 18s and students in full-time education

Book online or call the B:Music box office on 0121 780 3333
Ex Cathedra is an Associate Artist at Symphony Hall & Town Hall (B:Music venues)

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Jeffrey's introduction to the season

"Ex Cathedra is special. A highly regarded music critic once said that the choir was probably the best in the world. This is quite a claim and not only includes the technical virtuosity and unique chemistry of the singers but also the ethos of the ensemble, its ability and desire to communicate with audiences, its imaginative programming, its stylistic awareness and above all its humanity... Another leading commentator, festival director and respected musical thinker summed up our work by saying that Ex Cathedra was 'the most sophisticated, three dimensional and multi-layered of all the leading groups in the country'. This is high praise and something we strive to maintain."

Read the rest of Jeffrey's introduction here...