Mornings with a Masterpiece: Handel the Dramatist: Two oratorios

Rosemary Broadbent

Handel’s Messiah is the most popular oratorio of any written before or since, yet it is the least typical in the long list of works Handel wrote in this form. In these sessions, we shall take a look at Handel’s first and last oratorios, one secular and one sacred, with a particular exploration of his wonderfully dramatic writing for soloists, chorus, and orchestra. On the way we shall meet angels and a monster, a rescue, a murder, and the whole gamut of emotions from bliss to despair, each pictured with both economy and depth.
This investigation will help us to understand the qualities, which combine to make Messiah unique.

Thursday May 16 th 10 am – 12.30 pm Acis and Galatea (1718)
Thursday May 23 rd 10 am – 12.30 pm Jephtha (1752)

Each morning will consist of two one-hour lecture/discussions delivered via Zoom. There will be a break for coffee, during which the meeting will remain open for informal conversation.

Day:  Thursdays         Time: 10.00-12.30 GMT


Price for an Individual Lecture: 

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£15 5 24

Price for both lectures: 

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£27 5 24

Please send bookings and enquiries to:
Rosemary Broadbent, 26 Bowden Lane, Marple, Stockport SK6 6ND phone:  07801-491031
Cheques payable to Rosemary Broadbent. Details for bank transfer will be supplied on request. Bookings close one week before each event.

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