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Handel celebrations help Dublin Charities

By editor - 11 April, 2013

Two homeless projects will benefit from a unique concert celebrating the music of Handel in Dublin on 14th April.

Two homeless projects will benefit from a unique concert celebrating the music of Handel in Dublin this Sunday afternoon.

Sunday 14th April is the anniversary of Handel’s death in 1759 – Our Lady’s Choral Society, with the Handelian Orchestra and conductor Prionnsías Ó Duinn will give a free concert in Merchants Quay Church (Adam & Eve’s 6pm) with donations being collected for the Merchant’s Quay Project and Focus Ireland.

On Saturday (April 13th 1pm) the Society will gather, as it has since its foundation in 1945, at Dublin’s Fishamble Street to perform extracts of the Messiah. The first ever performance of the Messiah took place here at what was “Mr. Neal’s New Musik Hall” in 1742.  G.F. Handel came to Dublin in November 1741 and stayed until the summer of 1742. Handel composed his “Foundling Hospital Anthem” to be performed as a fundraiser for the new Foundling Hospital being built to cater for the poor. He arranged a performance of Messiah from which the three charities that were to benefit were Prisoners’ Debt Relief, the Mercer’s Hospital, and The Charitable Infirmary.

Our Lady’s Choral Society Director, Fr. Paul Ward,  said “The intention of presenting these concerts back to back this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) is to show some appreciation from the city of Dublin to the honour bestowed on the city by Handel’s historic visit and follow in his footsteps by presenting a free concert where donations can be collected for charity.”

The  Händel Celebration Concert in Merchants Quay Church this Sunday evening includes performances from Gavin Jones, (boy soprano) Andrew Boushell(Tenor) Chloe Hinton (alto) and Jeffrey Ledwidge(bass).

The concert includes Dettingen Te Deum and extracts from Dixit Domuniuns, The Ways of Zion do Mourn, Birthday Ode for Queen Anne, Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, Judas Maccabaeus and Rodelinda.

Lady’s Choral Society to perform the Messiah in the Vatican as part of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Vatican City State in 2009. This was the first ever performance of the Messiah in the Vatican.

Our Lady’s Choral Society (OLCS) was founded in Dublin in 1945, after the Dublin Archdiocese brought together the best singers from all the church choirs of Dublin for a performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Today OLCS welcomes members from all religions and walks of life. The 120 choristers chosen for membership are united by a passion for singing great choral music at a professional level.

Pope Emeritus Benedict invited Our Lady’s Choral Society to perform the Messiah in the Vatican as part of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Vatican City State in 2009. This was the first ever performance of the Messiah in the Vatican.