On this day: the premiere of Handel’s Messiah

The Musick Hall in Fishacre Street, Dublin, where Messiah was first performed.

Musick Hall in Fishacre Street, where the first performance took place.

George Frideric Handel’s English-language oratorio, Messiah, premiered in Dublin, Ireland on the 13th of April, 1742.

Messiah was composed over a period of only twenty-four days. Handel worked on the music while in London, where he had been living for some years.

George Frideric Handel in 1733, by Balthasar Denner (1685–1749).

Handel in 1733

The premiere in Dublin came during a series of concerts Handel presented in Ireland, and the first performance used the cathedral choirs of St Patrick’s and Christ Church.