Handel’s Messiah by Instruments of Time and Truth


09 December 2022

09 December 2022
University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford
The High Street

09 December 2022 @ 6.00pm

The High Street
Oxford, OX1 4BJ
01865 279 111
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Handel’s Messiah by Instruments of Time and Truth
Handel’s Messiah by Instruments of Time and Truth

About Handel’s Messiah by Instruments of Time and Truth

Handel’s Messiah by Instruments of Time and Truth at University Church of St Mary the Virgin is a highlight of Oxford’s musical calendar.

Don’t miss this chance to hear the quintessential Christmas work in the expert hands of the city’s own period-instrument orchestra and world-renowned conductor, Edward Higginbottom.

Rowan Pierce – Soprano

Alexander Chance – Countertenor

Daniel Norman – Tenor

James Geidt – Bass

Oxford Consort of Voices

Edward Higginbottom – Conductor


£10.00 – £35.00

Please see important ticketing information below.

Ticketing information

Prices: From £10.00 to £35.00

Duration: 150 minutes with an interval

Doors open: 5.00pm

If you require a wheelchair space or accessible seating for this event, please call 01865 305 305 or email boxoffice@oxfordplayhouse.com for further assistance.


Instruments of Time and Truth is Oxford’s own period instrument orchestra, presenting world-class performances of Baroque and Classical music in Oxford and around the UK.

Did you know…

Handel’s Messiah is probably the most performed choral work in history, and, despite being about the whole of Jesus’ life, it is now mainly performed at Christmas.

Messiah was originally an Easter offering and premiered in Dublin on 13 April 1742. The first part prophesied the birth of Jesus Christ, the second exalted his sacrifice for humankind, and the final section heralded his Resurrection.

Messiah’s success in Dublin was soon quickly repeated in London when it was performed for the first time in London a year later at the Covent Garden Theatre. It took time for Messiah to find its niche as a Christmas favourite, but now, of course, Handel’s Messiah is a fixture of the Christmas season.

Handel composed Messiah in an astounding interlude – between three and four weeks in August and September 1741. Whilst some think it was divine inspiration, he was actually just really good at writing quickly. He composed operas of a similar length during the short times between theatrical seasons.

The original version of Messiah is lost, as Handel edited and re-worked the music in the years following the premiere. And to create work for as many players as possible extra parts were written for more instruments.

PS: The tradition of standing for the Hallelujah chorus was begun by King George II at the London premiere – and when the King stands, so does everybody else.