February 2021 News


Current lockdown conditions in the UK now and for the forseeable future make it very difficult to plan ahead with any certainty.

The safety of our audiences, and our musicians, staff and volunteers is paramount.  Therefore we are unable to present any Festival events in the traditional March/April slot apart from Messiah Reimagined on Monday 5 April, see below.

However, we will bring you as much online activity as we can, including videos on our YouTube channel, and Zoom events exclusively for our supporters.  Please click here for information about how to join as a Friend or higher level supporter.  We need the support of our audiences more than ever, and we rely on our family of supporters to help us survive during the pandemic.

Messiah Reimagined

We were thrilled with the success of our inaugural presentation of this imaginative and ground-breaking project in December (which can still be watched here), with over 250,000 views across our platforms from around the world.  We were overwhelmed by the 1,000+ positive comments we received, and proud to work with so many talented choral partners.

We are doing it all again on 5 April (Easter Monday) at 7pm.  It will be a free live-stream from Handel’s church, as the performance will be behind closed doors without a live audience, adhering to current lockdown regulations in the UK.  Our stellar line-up of soloists this time are all Handel Singing Competition alumni – Lucy Crowe, Iestyn Davies, Nathan Vale and Edward Grint.

We are working with even more choral partners this time, around a dozen from UK, United States, Canada and Germany, each of them singing at least one chorus each.  Our ‘Sing at Home’ chorus features nearly 200 enthusiastic amateur singers from nearly twenty countries across five continents!

Please make a note in your diary, and we will post further details on our website nearer the time.