More than 260 years after his death, George Frideric Handel's Messiah remains a fixture of the Christmas season, with generations of audiences still in awe of the Baroque-era oratorio.

Handel's full composition offers listeners a musical journey from the prophesied birth of Jesus Christ to his death on the cross and finally, his glorious resurrection.

To usher in the last week of Advent, the Wilbow Group in collaboration with St Patrick's Cathedral will be presenting Handel’s Messiah on the evening of Thursday 17 December.

The evening will cover excerpts from Part 1 of the English oratorio, include the resounding classic Hallelujah chorus and heart-warming Christmas Carols by Howells, Darke, Willcocks, Leighton, Rutter and Gritton.

The arrangement will be performed by 18 professional choir singers and directed by Christopher Watson, Director of Music at Trinity College, University of Melbourne.

Christopher is an internationally acclaimed tenor and choir conductor with more than twenty-five years of experience in church music. He is also a longstanding member of The Tallis Scholars and Theatre of Voices with whom he won a Grammy Award in 2010.

The evening will also feature Christopher Cook on the Cathedral organ.

Christopher Cook is one of Australia's most acclaimed organists and is a founding director of the Australian and New Zealand College of Organists. He has served as a primary, secondary, and tertiary level examiner for ANZCA (Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts Limited) and the AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board).

Bookings can be made via the link below. For enquiries, contact music@cam.org.au.