Andrew Gant, The Making of Handel’s Messiah

Book cover of The Making of Handel's Messiah

Andrew Gant, The Making of Handel’s Messiah

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 Wednesday 24 February 2021

 1–2pm GMT


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About the event

The first performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ in Dublin in 1742 is legendary. Why then, did this now famous and much-loved oratorio receive a somewhat cool reception in London less than a year later?

In this talk, Andrew Gant, author of The Making of Handel’s Messiah, explores the composition manuscript and Handel’s own conducting score, held in the Bodleian, as well as the later reception and performance history of what is one of the most successful pieces of choral music of all time.

Andrew’s book, The Making of Handel’s Messiah, is available to buy from the Bodleian shop.


Andrew Gant, former Organist of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal, and Stipendiary Lecturer in Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford

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