Messiah and Portsmouth: Then and Now

Messiah and Portsmouth: Then and Now

1 Oct - 31 Mar

Aspex Guildhall presents 'Messiah and Portsmouth: Then and Now' by Dr. George Burrows.

This exhibition forms part of a practice-research project examining the reinterpretation of Handel’s 'Messiah' in Portsmouth in 1812.

This archival research informs a performance of 'Messiah' on Saturday 16 March 2017 in St. Mary’s Church, Portsea. Taken together, these examine questions of authenticity and the reception of 'Messiah' in regional music festivals of the 1800s.

George Burrows is Principal Lecturer for Performing Arts at the University of Portsmouth, where he also leads the Centre for Performing Arts.

He is co-founder of the Song, Stage and Screen international conference and a founding editor of the journal, Studies in Musical Theatre. His research most often considers the social functions and meanings of music and musical theatre in the interwar period but he has also published work on the composers Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) and Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924).

He has directed the University of Portsmouth Choirs for more than a decade and his book, 'Andy Kirk and his Clouds of Joy', is forthcoming from Oxford.

This exhibition is dedicated to all those good people that work to ensure the continuation of our public libraries as freely accessible repositories of knowledge in the form of physical documents.

'Messiah and Portsmouth: Then and Now' is located in the First Floor Frieda Swain Lounge of Portsmouth Guildhall. Learn more about Aspex Guildhall here.

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