Music for the Mass(es): The Dublin Handel Festival 2009

Here are a few impressions of the Dublin Handel Festival Let’s Walk and Talk Guided Tour and the Messiah in the Street Performance on 13 April 2009

The Let's Walk and Talk Guided Tour of Handel's Dublin attracted about 250 history and music enthusiasts on Easter Monday. According to our knowledgeable guide, Handel's contemporaries would have been a lot more rowd than us. We still managed to stop traffic on as we made our way through Dublin, stopping the traffic along the road.
 

The Let’s Walk and Talk Guided Tour of Handel’s Dublin attracted about 250 history and music enthusiasts on Easter Monday. According to our knowledgeable guide, Pat Liddy, Handel’s contemporaries would have been a lot more rowdy than us. We still managed to stop Dublin traffic a couple of times during our two hour exploration of the city.

Thankfully the weather held while Our Lady’s Choral Society performed excerpts from Handel’s Messiah at the original site where it its world premiere took place in 1742.
 

Our Lady’s Choral Society performed excerpts from Handel’s Messiah at the original site where its world premiere took place in 1742. 

Some came well prepared for whatever the weather turned out to be. But, hallelujah, umbrellas and rain ponchos weren't needed, but a strong voice and a good sense of humour went a long way today.

Some patriotic punters came well prepared for whatever the weather would hold. But, hallelujah, umbrellas and rain ponchos weren’t really needed while a strong voice and a good sense of humour were definitely an asset!

Who is it for?
Anyone who likes Handel’s music or enjoys singing and a bit of European history while strolling through some nice parts of Dublin.
 
Why should I go?
Both the walk and the concert were free and it’s great for meeting new people from all over the world.
 
What’s the atmosphere like?
There was a mix of people of all ages, it’s not exactly party central, but if you feel like learning something about Dublin without too much of an effort on your part and without spending much money, it’s a brilliant way of seeing the city and listening to some great classical music.
 
Where can find out more?
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