12:30pm Restaurants and bars open
1:45pm Auditorium doors open
2:30pm Messiah on Good Friday (there will be one 25 minute interval)
The Royal Choral Society has performed Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday afternoon at the Royal Albert Hall every year since 1876. This annual concert is one of London’s great Easter traditions and the perfect way to spend Good Friday afternoon.
The 2017 performance of Britain’s favourite choral masterpiece will be conducted by Richard Cooke, and the choir will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and joined by a quartet of superb soloists.
It is thought that the Royal Choral Society, the choir that was formed for the opening of the Hall in 1871, has sung Handel’s magnificent Messiah more than any other choir – estimated as around 280 times.
Royal Choral Society
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard Cooke conductor
Richard Pearce organist
Mary Bevan soprano
Anna Harvey mezzo-soprano
Jamie MacDougall tenor
Edward Grint bass