The 2009 Dublin Handel Festival is well and truly launched and tickets are selling fast with some shows already sold out! The festival takes place from the 13th to the 19th of April in the Old City area of Temple Bar and other historic venues throughout Dublin. Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death, Temple Bar Cultural Trust presents a full programme packed with Handel highlights including concerts, theatre, workshops, tours, talk, family activities and newly commissioned work. The hugely popular “Messiah on the Street” which opens the festival on April 13th is an outdoor experience not to be missed!
We want you to help us celebrate this special musical occasion so here is your chance to win tickets for:
The Golden Age of the Trio Sonata Irish Baroque Orchestra Chamber Soloists (IBOCS), Wednesday April 15th at 8pm. St Audoen’s Roman Catholic Church, High Street, Cornmarket (near High Street), Dublin 8
IBOCS welcomes back harpsichordist Gary Cooper, who conducted the acclaimed production of Messiah in December 2008 and now presents a selection of masterpieces of the high baroque by Handel & Vivaldi. They will also be joined by Richard Sweeney who will accompany them on the Theorbo. The orchestra counts amongst its members some of the most talented players in the early music scene, giving Irish audiences the rare opportunity to hear 17th & 18th century music in live performances which recreate the vivid textures of the baroque sound.
Handel’s Messiah, Thursday April 16th at 7.30pm. Performed by the Christ Church Cathedral Choir and the Orchestra of St. Cecilia and Directed by Judy Martin. Christ Church Cathedral, Christ Church Place, Dublin 8
Messiah, Handel’s most famous creation, is among the most popular works in Western choral literature. Performed in the magnificent and atmospheric setting of Christ Church Cathedral, the Cathedral Choir, who historically took part in the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in 1742, will be joined by the Orchestra of St. Cecilia in bringing you a breath-taking night of musical elation and celebration.
EDIT: Competition is now closed and winners have been contacted.