Handel, Messiah

With Skipton Camerata, directed by Ben Crick
Bryan White – Chorus Master

Peyee Chen soprano
Hannah Mason mezzo soprano
Nicholas Sales tenor
Mark Saberton bass


A perennial favourite and the traditional start to Christmas, Handel’s Messiah is as popular now as it was over two and a half centuries ago, from the heartfelt simplicity of ‘I know that my Redeemer liveth’ to the grandeur of the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus. Those who have attended a Messiah performed by The Clothworkers Consort of Leeds and Skipton Camerata in previous years will attest to the quality and energy of their performances.

This year’s Messiah forms part of Skipton Camerata’s Long and Short Messiah project, a crowdfunding campaign to secure the orchestra’s short-term and long-term futures. The project includes two versions of Messiah – one long, the other short. The ‘long Messiah’ is a public performance of the full version of Handel’s Messiah on Monday 12th December. The ‘short Messiah’ is a 20-minute abridged version to be performed in primary schools in and around Skipton in early December.

Camerata’s mission is to make high-quality live orchestral music available to everyone. But it is an expensive mission and the demand on funding organisations is continually increasing. The Long and Short Messiah campaign aims to raise £6,000 to secure the performances of Handel’s Messiah in Christ Church on 12th December and in schools, and to pay some of the costs of fundraising for the 2017 programme. Camerata has plans for a number of exciting projects that will increase its long-term sustainability by making a new audience aware of the orchestra’s work.

NB The concert will only go ahead if Camerata reaches its campaign target of £6,000. Please support this venture now if you wish to see this orchestra thrive and perform with The Clothworkers Consort in the future!
There are a variety of rewards including, of course, tickets for Messiah.