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Christmas with Durham Cathedral Choir - The Messiah

Saturday 15 December at 7:30 PM
Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral Choir is joined by the Avison Ensemble, for a festive period instrument performance of Handel's famous oratorio. Soloists will be from within Durham Cathedral Choir, the orchestra is led by Pavlo Beznosiuk. 

Complete your festive experience with a special pre-concert meal in the Undercroft Restaurant at 5pm. £25 per person, including a mulled wine reception. Can be booked at the same time as booking tickets for the concert.

Handel composed his Messiah in 1741 and continued to work on it after its initial performance, finally arriving at the version we know today in 1754. Impressive solo arias, including 'Ev'ry valley shall be exalted' and 'Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion' are interspersed with compelling choral sections telling the story of Jesus' birth, life, death, resurrection, and final victory over sin and death. And of course the rousing 'Hallelujah' Chorus is one of the most famous pieces of Baroque choral music, and by far the most widely-known section of Messiah.

Tickets: from £8 to £28 available from the Cathedral's Visitor Desk 0191 338 7178 or online, above.

The Undercroft Restaurant's special pre-concert meal at 5pm costs £25 per person, including a mulled wine reception, and can be booked at the same time as booking tickets for the concert.


Honey Roast Parsnip Soup (V)
Served with a fresh roll
Ham Hock and Grain Mustard Terrine
Served with a broadbean, pea and mint hummus

Served with family style vegetables
Buttered Roast Turkey Breast
Served with Sage & Onion Stuffing, Chipolata, Rosemary Roast Potatoes & Cranberry Jus
Braised Beef Brisket
Served with Yorkshire Pudding, Rosemary Roast Potatoes & Red Onion Jus
Courgette, Walnut & Rosemary Red Lentil Loaf (V)
Served with Squash Puree & Roast Potatoes

Traditional Christmas Pudding
Served with Brandy Infused Custard
Winter Berry Cheese Cake
Served with Winter Berry Compote