It wouldn’t be a Leeds Christmas without a Messiah. 2012 was particularly exciting because we were joined by the world-famous Black Dyke Band as well as Halifax Choral Society, the St Peter’s Singers, and soloists Keri Fuge (soprano), Katie Bray (mezzo), Peter Davoren (tenor) and Alexander Ashworth (bass).
Here’s Georg Frideric Handel with his own manuscript of the Hallelujah chorus, part of Messiah. Tradition says that at the first performance in 1743 George II was so moved by the singing that he stood up – and when the king stood, etiquette meant that everybody else stood too. Modern historians aren’t even sure that the king was actually present; but to this day audiences stand for Hallelujah, even if it’s only to stretch their legs!