‘Recreating the 1812 ‘Pompey’ Messiah: Exploring the Spirit of Performance’ – a lecture by Dr George Burrows, Principal Lecturer for Performing Arts, University of Portsmouth.
Eldon Building room W1.11
The discovery of a Handel’s Messiah programme from a performance in Portsmouth in 1812 inspires some important questions about recreating performances of the past. This lecture presents that discovery and the context for a forthcoming practice-as-research concert – a modern Handel’s Messiah Concert, bringing together the University of Portsmouth Choir, the Solent Symphony Orchestra, Portsmouth Cathedral Choir, St Mary’s Church Choir and soloists from the Royal College of Music. The concert will benefit local musical charities while realizing a research project led by Dr George Burrows.
This lecture explores how recreating the 1812 ‘Pompey’ Messiah represents an opportunity to explore a vital tension between being true to the letter and the spirit of the 1812 performance. It also tells the story of our expanding city, a diva disguised as a nun and the evolution of a national culture of massed participation in music that continues to this day.
Please register for this event via Eventbrite.
The lecture will be given on March 1st, in anticipation of the Messiah Concert on March 18th – tickets available here. To see the research behind the concert, visit our Messiah and Portsmouth: Then and Now exhibition at Guildhall.