Messiah at the Foundling Hospital

Revisiting a historic performance of Handel’s most famous work

TV & Radio Information
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 21:30

This BBC Two drama-documentary recreates a performance that Handel conducted of his Messiah in the chapel of London’s Foundling Hospital on 1 May 1750, eight years after the piece was first premiered in Dublin.

Presented by historian Amanda Vickery and BBC Radio 3’s Tom Service, the programme looks at the events and social context that led to this historic performance - one of the first charity galas ever to take place - which ushered in a golden age of philanthropy in Great Britain.

Excerpts from Messiah are performed in period costume by the Gabrieli Consort and Players and Trinity Boys’ Choir, conducted by Paul McCreesh as Handel.

The programme also stars Paul Moriarty as Thomas Coram, Christopher Staines as William Hogarth and Francesca Bailey as Lady Somerset. 

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