The hour-long performance of Handel’s much-loved masterpiece will be imaginatively staged at the London Coliseum, and filmed specifically for a television audience. With no live audience present, the performance will be brought to life by the creative teams of the English National Opera, and performed by guest soloists and the ENO Chorus and Orchestra, making imaginative use of the stunning auditorium at the Coliseum.
Featuring some of Handel’s best-known music – including the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus – Messiah tells the story of the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus. Composed in 1741, and premiered at Easter 1742, the piece speaks to the holiday’s celebration of hope and new beginnings.
YolanDa is a broadcaster and MOBO award winning musician known for her effervescent energy, passion and curiosity. As a presenter she has hosted Young Jazz Musician of the Year and Last Night of the Proms From Around the UK for BBC Four. She also hosts the award winning eponymous series Yolanda’s Band Jam for Cbeebies which guides 5-7 year olds through tempo, rhythm and other musical disciplines in an inspirational show full of surprises and amazing musical guests. In 2019 the first series won a RTSNW award for Best Children’s Programme and the second series broadcast in early 2020. She presents YolanDa Brown on Saturday on Jazz FM as well as being a regular contributor to Loose Ends on Radio 4.
Petroc Trelawny is one of the best known voices in classical music. He presents the Breakfast programme each weekday morning on BBC Radio 3 and has presented 20 consecutive seasons as a radio host from the Royal Albert Hall for BBC Proms. He has anchored Eurovision Young Musician, broadcast on TV across Europe, presented the Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Day Concert on radio and television and has covered Cardiff Singer of the World for BBC4 ten times. He co-presented, with Darcey Bussell, the Royal Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker to viewers in over 1000 cinemas in 32 countries. He is a regular contributor to BBC News’ long running radio series From Our Own Correspondent and its new sibling, From Our Home Correspondent.
Messiah will be available to watch on BBC Two on Easter Sunday.