Handel – Messiah - with The Hanover Band

O2 Guildhall Southampton


Southampton Philharmonic Choir
SU Philharmonic Choir
The Hanover Band
David Gibson conductor
Erica Eloff soprano
Marta Fontanals-Simmons mezzo
Gwilym Bowen tenor
Edmund Saddington bass

Messiah may well be the most famous of all choral works but reasons for another performance are numerous and compelling. It is a genuinely virtuoso work; requiring superb vocal technique from the chorus and soloists, a wide range of emotional expression and the ability to convey the most dramatic of narratives as well as moments of intense reflection. The fact that parts of Messiah are well known is a huge advantage to performer and listener alike - providing rallying moments of instant recognition and pure excitement. However, in such a substantial oratorio, there are always new or less familiar moments to surprise and delight the listener.

Messiah is the perfect companion to Christmas and, for many, it is an indispensable part of the festive season. With music of such remarkable quality, something new and fresh is almost inevitable, especially in a performance with the world-class Hanover Band. The use of period instruments creates just the right quality of sound, whilst experienced musicians, immersed in Baroque style and techniques, bring authenticity and authority to this popular work.

Tickets on sale online and from the box office (Civic Centre, NorthGuild, Southampton SO14 7LP). Telephone: 023 8063 2601     
Ticket prices: £13.08, £18.58, £24.08*, with concessions.
Over 65s - £1 discount off the ticket value
Students, children, job seekers and disabled - 50% of the ticket value
Carers with those registered disabled and wheelchair users - free
Group concession available prior to day of concert - Buy 5 tickets, get 6th free
*All tickets are subject to a booking fee which is included in the above price; this applies to all sales through the Box Office and online, regardless of the method of payment. As part of the overall cost of your booking, O2 Guildhall Southampton have introduced a £1.25 per ticket restoration levy to help maintain and improve the facilities for customers, artists and promoters.

Tickets may also be purchased on the door on the night of the concert, subject to availability. But please note that the generous group concession does not apply to sales on the day of the concert!