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Castletown House

Celbridge

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Following last year’s sell-out performance, Handel’s Messiah returns to Castletown’s Long Gallery for what will no doubt be a highlight of the season.

A glorious and dramatic work, Handel’s Messiah, is firmly fixed in the hearts of music lovers around the world. The work has a particular significance to Dubliners as it received its premiere at Neals Musick Hall, Fishamble Street in Dublin’s city center in 1742. However, the connections to Castletown House go beyond that. Katherine Conolly, who was wife of the speaker of the Irish House of Commons and resided at Castletown House, was one of the original benefactors of the Messiah’s historical first outing at Fishamble Street, where the ladies and gentlemen patrons were requested to come without their hoop-framed skirts and swords to increase capacity.

The beautiful Long Gallery of Castletown House will, once again, welcome home Handel’s great masterpiece, Messiah, for a very special performance with choir and full orchestra, featuring a cast of the finest Irish and international soloists, soprano Sylvia O'Brien, alto Beth Taylor, tenor Camilo Delgado and bass John Molloy under the baton of Niall Kinsella. A perfect opportunity to hear the beautiful strains of music that Castletown residents would have enjoyed centuries ago.

For added authenticity, the performance will take place on April 13th, the very date Messiah was premiered at Fishamble Street in 1742! Book early to avoid disappointment.

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