Recreating the 1812 'Pompey' Messiah: Exploring the Spirit of Performance

Come along to this free public lecture by Dr George Burrows, Principal Lecturer for Performing Arts, University of Portsmouth, exploring a fascinating history of Portsmouth.


The discovery of a programme to a performance of Handel's Messiah held in Portsmouth in 1812 opens up some important questions about recreating performances of the past. 
 
This lecture presents that discovery and the context for a forthcoming practice-as-research concert. It frames how recreating the 1812 'Pompey' Messiah represents an opportunity to explore a vital tension between being true to the letter and to the spirit of the 1812 performance. 
 
It also tells the story of our expanding city, a diva disguised as a nun and the evolution of a national culture of massed participation in music that continues to this day.

Wednesday 1 March, 2017
4.00pm
Eldon Building, Room W1.11
Admission is free but booking from Eventbrite is recommended.

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