In Handel’s Day


Venue: Temple Bar – Dublin’s Cultural Quarter, Dublin 2 Website: http://www.templebar.ie Price: FREE Date: April 13th, 2011 Time: 10.00am – 12.00 Midnight


This daylong celebration of music and history in 18th century Dublin, where from 10am until 12 midnight on April 13th there will be a whole host of free activities for people of all ages to participate in and enjoy. On April 13th 1742, Handel’s Messiah, one of the most famous musical pieces in the world, was first performed on Fishamble Street in Temple Bar. We will commemorate this with a fun and uplifting outdoor event Messiah on the Street, as well as a range of highlights including an extra special performance of A Global Hallelujah by three national schools in Dublin. We are also very excited to be able to expand this year’s programme to include traditional Irish music; as well as offering dance workshops and an outdoor Movie on the Square. Handel’s Day is about bringing culture closer to people and programming a day of celebration that appeals to people of all ages with an element of fun, interaction and education. Did you know…? Marsh’s Library, beside St Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s first public library founded in 1701 contains a manuscript score of Handel’s Messiah, dated 1761 and St Michan’s Church, near to Christ Church on Church Street, houses an organ dated 1724 on which Handel is said to have played his Messiah. Illustrating the family friendly theme of the Handel’s Day programme, Handel for Children will be performed in the Old City of Temple Bar by Harold’s Cross National School and Tullamore Classical String School. Featuring children’s vocals, instrumental music and percussion this performance will delight passers-by with a modern musical take on some of Handel’s most loved works.

Programme Highlights: 

11am: Let’s Walk & Talk. Meet at Wolfe Tone Park, Mary Street, Dublin 1 (beside Jervis Shopping Centre).

12noon: Handel for Children, Cow’s Lane, Old City Temple Bar

1pm: Messiah on the Street, Fishamble Street, Old City Temple Bar

6.30pm: Alexander’s Feast, The Button Factory, Curved Street

Join in to discover Dublin, music and even etiquette as it was In Handel’s Day!


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