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Handel's Messiah at Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral

Saturday, 19 November 2016 from 19:30 to 22:30 (GMT)

Handel's Messiah at Lincoln Cathedral

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Premium Front Nave   more info 18 Nov 2016 £50.00 £0.00
Central Nave   more info 18 Nov 2016 £28.00 £0.00
Side Stage
These seats are located to the side of the stage and provide an up-close experience of the choir. Some seats may have a restricted view.
18 Nov 2016 £28.00 £0.00
Rear Nave (Restricted View)
Experience the choir along with the visual impact of the Nave of the Cathedral. Views of the stage may be restricted.
18 Nov 2016 £20.00 £0.00
Side Aisles (Restricted View)   more info 18 Nov 2016 £16.00 £0.00

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Event Details

Lincoln Cathedral Choir will be performing the seasonal favourite in the grand Nave of the Cathedral and they will be accompanied by the Lincoln Chamber OrchestraFor the first time tickets for Handel’s Messiah will be sold with allocated reserved seating. We advise that all guests book early to avoid disappointment. Seats will be allocated from the front of each section, giving best available seat at time of purchase. All tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.

Tickets for wheelchair users are available to purchase by phone only. Please call 01522 504394.

Please note there may be a charge of £1.50 per ticket for purchases made over the phone excluding wheelchairs.

All tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.

Notes about the Performance

Messiah had its premiere in Dublin on 13 April 1742, where it was an instant success. Its initial reception in London at the Covent Garden theatre the following year was cooler: it was felt to be ‘too exalted’ a work for performance in a theatre.

Handel made some changes to the score, and secured the services of some leading Italian soloists for a revival of the work at Covent Garden in 1749. The following year saw the first of many charity performances at the Foundling Hospital, an institution for the ‘education and maintenance of exposed and deserted young children’ of which Handel was to become a governor. Messiah was to become the most loved choral work in the repertoire.

As Handel embarked on Messiah, a task which was to take him just three weeks, his experience as a composer of opera would have provided a rich seam on which to draw. With words taken from the King James Bible, Handel was working with magnificent texts that must surely have heightened his inspiration. The music has extraordinary variety and emotional range: it consoles (‘Comfort ye, my people), it shocks (‘Thou shalt break them in pieces’), it dances (‘Rejoice greatly’), it affirms (in the 8-minute final ‘Amen’ chorus), and it exults (‘Hallelujah’ – of course!).

Some of the music, especially the solo arias, would be quite at home as part of an Italian opera. Many of the choruses arise from the tradition of English cathedral anthems. The orchestral overture has its stylistic origins in France. It is cosmopolitan yet coherent, demanding yet accessible, elevating yet entertaining. Therein lays the secret to the enduring popularity of Messiah: it delivers weighty messages with beguiling charm, drama and style.

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Premium Front Nave


Central Nave


Side Stage


Rear Nave (Restricted View)


Side Aisles (Restricted View)

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    Lincoln Cathedral
    Minster Yard
    LN2 1PX Lincoln
    United Kingdom

    Saturday, 19 November 2016 from 19:30 to 22:30 (GMT)

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