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Royal Belfast Academical Institution
College Square East, Belfast, BT1 6DL
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About the Event

Tickets  to participate in the Come and Sing are now only available on the door at Inst Common Hall. The Box Office will be open from 9.15am on Saturday morning.

Tickets for audience members are still available online or at the door from 3.15pm on Saturday afternoon.

Stephen Doughty Conductor
Gail Evans Piano
Ulster Orchestra

Handel’s Messiah is one of the most frequently performed oratorios in the Western canon, featuring the epic Hallelujah chorus. If you have always wanted to sing it, want to sing it again, or would just like the chance to sing alongside a professional orchestra and soloists, all singers are welcome to the annual Belfast Philharmonic Come and Sing.

Handel wrote the music for the Messiah in only twenty-four days, and we’ll be putting our concert together in just one! The assembled choir will bring together extracts from the Messiah in a single day, rehearsing in the morning before being joined by the Ulster Orchestra and soloists in the afternoon for a short concert. If you’ve ever wanted to sing one of the greatest oratorios in a friendly atmosphere while getting some professional instruction, please join us!

Rebecca Murphy, Soprano
Rebecca Murphy recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Masters, and is currently a member of the Northern Ireland Opera Studio.

Margaret Bridge, Mezzo-soprano
Current NI Opera Studio artist Margaret Bridge has performed with Opera Collective Ireland, Irish National Opera, Opera Memphis and Chatauqua Opera, among others. In September, she was named NI Opera's Deborah Voigt Voice of 2018 at the Glenarm Festival of Voice.

Conor Breen, Tenor
Hailing from Armagh, twenty six year old tenor Conor Breen was a member of the NI Opera Young Artist Programme 2014/2015. Having just made his principal debut with Irish National Opera in their production of Aida, Conor is thrilled to have been invited back to sing with the Belfast Philharmonic, with whom he has performed various concert works before, such as: Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music; Mozart's Requiem; and Mozart's Mass in C Minor.

David Corr, Bass
Dublin born baritone David Corr graduated with a BMus (Performance) in 2017 from the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama where he studied voice and continues to study under the tutelage of Emmanuel Lawler and repetiteur Aoife O'Sullivan. This Spring David will play the role of Don Iñigo Gomez in L'heure Espagnole which is a French one-act opera from 1911.

Information about the day

Rehearsal: 10.00am - 3.30pm
Performance: 4.00-5.30pm

Places are open to singers of all levels – please book early to guarantee your ticket!
Please indicate during booking which voice part you sing, as well as whether you are bringing your own score. The preferred edition for the score is Watkins Shaw.

There is no dress code for the day, but please wear something warm and comfortable

Audience tickets are available for the concert for £10. Please arrive at RBAI in time for a 4pm start.

NB: Please fill in names for all singers as well as their voice part. If you need to amend anything after your tickets have been emailed to you please email us to let us know the change.

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