Back to All Events

Messiah - London

  • St John's Smith Square London UK (map)

Messian @ St John's Smith Square, London

Music OHM

24th December 2015

Katherine Watson is to Handel soprano singing, as Anja Harteros is to Verdi, and here she not only gave finely phrased, elegantly sung interpretations of her arias but explored quite daring variations, especially in ‘I know that my Redeemer liveth’ where she removed every layer of the cloying sentimentality so often heard to give a genuinely heart-rending performance. Gwilym Bowen is a very promising young tenor whose singing I’ve praised in Monteverdi, and he gave a forthright, open reading of the tenor’s music, perhaps a little short on showmanship but very strong in terms of directness and freshness.

Read the full review here


Conductor - Stephen Layton

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment


Katherine Watson - soprano

Iestyn Davies - countertenor

Gwilym Bowen - tenor

Neal Davies - bass



Earlier Event: December 22
B Minor Mass
Later Event: January 23
Samson - Handel