Messiah concert to mark special anniversary

By Antony Clay | 22/03/2017

Messiah concert to mark special anniversary

A SPECIAL concert to mark the 275th anniversary of Handel’s Messiah will take place at Doncaster’s Cast Theatre.

One hundred musicians will be brought together on stage for the concert on Saturday, April 1

The special concert on the eve of Passion Sunday celebrates the very first performance of Messiah in Dublin in 1742. 

The 80-strong Doncaster Choral Society, conducted by Simon Lindley, will be joined by the National Festival Orchestra led by Sally Robinson and soloists Joanne Dexter (soprano), Margaret McDonald (mezzo-soprano), Richard Rowe (tenor) and Alan Fairs (bass).

At the organ will be David Houlder and on harpsichord Alan Horsey. 

Simon Lindley, Doncaster Choral Society musical director, said: “The Doncaster members have a great understanding of true Handelian style and, more than many similar groups, strive for enterprise as well as excellence in all their undertakings. It is a real delight to work each week with such committed singers.”

Messiah will be the third concert at Cast by Doncaster Choral Society since the theatre opened in 2013.

A concert featuring Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man — A Mass for Peace is planned for the Armistice commemorations in November 2018. 

Ticket for Messiah cost £16.50 or £9.50 for under 16s and are available by calling the box office on 01302 303959 or visiting

The performance begins at 7.30pm.