Messiah – 250 Years

September 2009 was a special year for St Peter’s Church – as it was the 250th anniversary of the first performance of Handel’s great oratorio, ‘Messiah‘ in a parish church in England.

The first performance was held as part of Rev. William Hanbury’s music festival, one of a number that he organised to help raise funds for his grand vision for St Peter’s Church.

This anniversary concert was held in September 2009 and we are delighted to share the programme and four tickets as part of our Heritage Archive.

St Peter's Church - 250th Anniversary, 'Messiah' Programme and tickets
St Peter’s Church – 250th Anniversary, ‘Messiah’ Programme and tickets

The performance featured soloists, Felicity Lott and Elizabeth Hoyle, sopranos, Michael Bundy, Bass, Julian Perkins, Harphsicord, Andrew King, organ and the Harborough Singers. Narrator, Gabriel Woolf, English Pro Musica. It was conducted by David Beavan.

Here are the individual pages of the programme which make great reading! Just click on an image to enlarge and read.

Were you at the concert? Did you take part? It would be lovely to hear your memories…

250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Front cover
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Front cover
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page – Soloists
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page -Soloists
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page – Soloists
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Conductor David Beavan and English Pro Musica
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page – Harborough Singers
Programme back cover

The West End comes to Church Langton!

Musical Concert held at St. Peter’s Church, Church Langton

A packed St. Peter’s witnessed a spectacular concert on Saturday 5th May when the audience were entertained by Janette Munroe and Il Destino, a duo made up of Jon Christos and Adam Lacey; they were supported by the choir of Church Langton Primary School.  The concert was in aid of the church roof appeal due to the three thefts of lead last year; approximately £2,600 was raised.

Janette, Jon and Adam are professional artists with a wealth of experience around the world, singing with other top artists including shows on Broadway and the West End. They truly brought the West End to Church Langton with song from top musicals, films and other popular works.  The choir of Church Langton too, were wonderful and in very fine voice, not at all fazed by the occasion, thanks to the hard work of their musical teacher Alan Kirkland. 

Thanks must go to Peter Oppenheimer and his team ‘The Village People’ who organised the event, along with members of the P.C.C. The sponsor of the event, Un.titled and all who made this such a memorable occasion.