World-class soloists joined York Minster Choir recently for Handel’s Messiah

One of the UK’s leading cathedral choirs were joined by internationally renowned soloists this Christmas for a special performance of Handel’s Messiah at York Minster.

The York Minster Choir were joined by Julia Doyle (Soprano), William Towers (Countertenor), James Oxley (Tenor) and Paul Whelan (Baritone) on Saturday 8 December for the performance of the famous work.

The piece was first performed in Dublin in 1742 and has since become one of the best-known and most popular English oratorios.

“It has become a recent tradition for the York Minster Choir to perform Messiah during Advent,” explains Robert Sharpe, Director of Music at York Minster. “It’s particularly poignant at this time of year as it tells the story of the coming of Christ. We were thrilled to be joined by some world-class soloists for this year’s performance, which will take place in the beautiful setting of York Minster’s Nave.