More than 100 musicians took part in a special performance of Handel’s choral masterpiece Messiah at Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral on Saturday 11 May.
The Oratorio was sung by the Liverpool Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choirs with soloists: Barbara Ruzsics, soprano; Danielle Thomas, alto; David Lee, tenor; and Stuart O’Hara, bass, accompanied by the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra and under the direction of conductor Dr Christopher McElroy, director of music at the Metropolitan Cathedral.
The concert was a celebration of both musical excellence and the close relationship that exists between Liverpool’s two Cathedrals. With its rousing Hallelujah Chorus and sublime solo parts, Messiah is regarded as one of the most beloved musical works of all time, with the majestic surroundings of the Metropolitan Cathedral offering the perfect setting for the performance.
Lee Ward, musical director of Liverpool Cathedral, said, ‘The two Cathedral Choirs’ Messiah is rightfully a highlight in Liverpool’s musical calendar. This work, sung by such a vibrant and young top line, brings it a freshness often missing in other performances. We always enjoy collaborating with our friends at the Met and [it was] a wonderful performance.’
Dr Christopher McElroy, Metropolitan Cathedral director of music who conducted the concert, said, ‘[We were] very much looking forward to this performance of Messiah with our friends from the Anglican Cathedral. For the first performance of Messiah in 1742, Handel drew his chorus from the two Cathedral Choirs of Dublin. It is wonderful that our two Cathedrals’ performance of Messiah continues in this tradition.’