- A new vision for live classical music with a star-studded and spectacular performance of Handel’s Messiah from Classical Everywhere, a new venture from Immersive Everywhere the multi-award-winning creators of extraordinary theatrical events
- The exciting new approach to performing classical music is designed to augment the spirit and narrative of the work including dance, lighting, visual effects and more
- Internationally renowned solo performers include famed Australian soprano Danielle de Niese & Winner of BBC Musician Magazine Personality of the Year 2022, Scottish operatic tenor Nicky Spence, alongside English Chamber Orchestra & London Symphony Chorus
Designed specifically to appeal to both lovers of classical music, and those who are new to the art form, Handel’s Messiah: The Live Experience at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on 6 Dec 2022 will launch a new style of classical music concert experience. This first work is centred on one of the most famous works ever written and the most chosen piece of music ever on Desert Island Discs – Handel’s Messiah.
With world-class musicians and innovative and imaginative lighting design, visual effects, choreography and staging, the event promises to immerse audiences in a powerful and theatrical new setting for Handel’s much-loved musical telling of the story of Christ – with its universal human themes of birth, hope, joy, suffering, sacrifice and redemption.
Handel’s Messiah: The Live Experience will be the first event from Classical Everywhere, a new venture from Immersive Everywhere, the multi-award-winning creators of extraordinary events Peaky Blinders: The Rise (“I don’t think I’ve ever before been to an event where I’ve wanted to go again immediately, but Peaky Blinders: The Rise ticks that box” ~ The Evening Standard) Doctor Who: Time Fracture (a perfect homage to all things Doctor Who ~ The Upcoming and The Great Gatsby (an intimate immersive show offers heady discombobulation ~ The Guardian)
Danielle de Niese who has been hailed as “opera’s coolest soprano” by New York Times Magazine. Danielle regularly appears on the world’s most prestigious opera and concert stages and is a prolific recording artist, TV personality and philanthropist.
Winner of the BBC Musician Magazine Personality of the Year 2022, Opera Singer Nicky Spence will be known to audiences as a judge and mentor on Sky Arts’ TV show Anyone can sing and lead presenter in Sky’s upcoming TV documentary Football Fan to Opera Star.
English National Opera regular and “creamy-toned high soprano” (The Arts Desk) Idunnu Münch and American Bass-Baritone Cody Quattlebaum, commended by Opera News as “a powerhouse, commanding of presence, virile of sound, and articulate even in the swiftest exchanges” make up the quartet
Under the baton of conductor Gregory Batsleer, Artistic Director and founding member of Classical Everywhere, these impressive internationally acclaimed artists will perform alongside the English Chamber Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus.
Classical Everywhere’s vision is to bring together the world’s greatest classical musicians and music with outstanding venues and creative and imaginative staging. The aim is to enhance the narrative and emotional power of the music to create an evocative, exhilarating and entertaining classical experience that will appeal to ever wider audiences.
They will perform an edited version of Handel’s enduring masterpiece, loved primarily for the sheer beauty and power of its music with its famous choruses and well-known melodies.
The creative team includes Director, Neil Connolly (Tomb Raider Live Experience, The Crystal Maze Live Experience, Lamplighters, Heist: live); Co-Concept & Multimedia Creation by international design studio flora&faunavisions GmbH (Genius Immersive Experience, Berlin & Tokyo; Wagner´s Ring Cycle, Australia; Solomun Coachella Tour); Choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves (Whistle Down the Wind, Watermill), Lighting Design by Terry Cook for Woodroffe-Bassett Design (Peaky Blinders: The Rise; Rolling Stones Tour; Elton John Tour and Expo 2020, Dubai); and Sound Design by Andy Graham (The Book Thief, Bolton Octagon).
Conventions of a typical classical concert will be put aside, and audiences are encouraged to ignore their preconceptions, relax and enjoy the aural and visual spectacle.
The original Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – one of London’s oldest and most prominent theatres – was well known to Handel in the 1700s and his music remained popular there right up to the 1900s, with almost annual performances of Messiah. These would have been as popular with audiences then as the big West End productions playing there are now. By choosing this stunning setting, recently lovingly restored by LW Theatres, Classical Everywhere brings Handel’s great work back to its roots, reclaiming it from the classical concert hall for the wider public once again.
The production will be designed for touring so it can easily be adapted to travel in future to stunning venues globally.
Pioneering conductor Gregory Batsleer, Artistic Director of Classical Everywhere, says:
Classical Everywhere will bring something transformative and original to the classical music world, providing new and engaging ways to experience some of the greatest music ever written. We will actively challenge preconceptions about what a concert should be. We are taking classical music back to the masses and ensuring that everyone who loves music can come and have an extraordinary night out with the best-quality music-making. Audiences who might think classical concerts are dull or stuffy will have these ideas changed forever. I am so excited to be working with the exceptional creative teams at Immersive Everywhere. We dare people to be curious and try out something exciting, new and different.
Soprano Danielle de Niese says:
I am thrilled to be taking part in this visionary performance of Handel’s Messiah that will break new ground with its imaginative approach. I have always endeavoured to take classical music to new and unusual venues as well as newer and younger audiences. It will be hugely exhilarating to work with Greg and this superlative creative team to give one of our most loved works (which has been performed continuously ever since it was written) a fresh look. Using all of our artistic and theatrical skills it will make a truly powerful and exhilarating experience that will bring added depth to this work. I feel Mr Handel would definitely approve.
Louis Hartshorn, Joint CEO of Immersive Everywhere, says:
We are thrilled to bring our theatrical expertise to the great works of classical music. We’re looking forward to breaking boundaries with our vision for Handel’s Messiah, whilst maintaining a focus on world-class musical talent. This is a timeless piece of music that deserves to be performed with energy and intensity. When it was written it was thought of as new and ground-breaking – a far cry from the tired conventions of today. We believe classical music should be relevant, dynamic and engaging!
6 December 2022, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 7.30 pm
Classical Everywhere presents Handel’s Messiah: The Live Experience
Running time: Approximately 2 hours (including a 20-minute interval)
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