in Handel’s day: fun, frolics and wigs*

*not a guarantee

On April 13th 1742, Dublin was the lucky place to host the very first performance of Handel’s Messiah. It was first performed at the then Neal’s Music Hall on Fishamble St, around the corner from Christchurch Cathedral, led by Handel himself. Handel was arguably at the height of his powers, and it is difficult to believe that he had the whole piece written in less than a month. I mean, when I think how long it takes me to blog.. damnit.

This year, on the exact anniversary of its premiere, In Handel’s Day is taking over Temple Bar. You can look forward to a walking tour with the one and only Pat Liddy, a glimpse into Handel’s life courtesy of Prof Barra Boydell, musical performances galore (particularly looking forward to A Global Hallelujah!) and even a Movie on the Square. Whoever picked a Kubrick film, hats off to your good taste.

There is a full list of events here. Some events will require tickets, details of which are here. Do tip along, if you can- there will be events taking place the entire day. And speaking as someone who is big into her baroque music, there’s nothing like a bit of Handel to lift the spirits 🙂


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