‘Handel’s Messiah is a gift that just keeps giving, and the more time you spend with it the more you discover.’

Ahead of our annual performances of Messiah we caught up with mezzo-soprano Bethany Horak-Hallett who makes her debut with Dunedin Consort this December.

Describe Handel’s Messiah in three words.

Jubilant 

Fiery

Euphoric 

What are you looking forward to the most in these concerts?

I’m looking forward to spending a whole week immersed in this most incredible piece. Handel’s Messiah is a gift that just keeps giving, and the more time you spend with it the more you discover. I’m also really looking forward to spending time in Scotland, a place of such beauty and geniality. 

What is your favourite piece of Christmas music, either to sing, or to listen to? 

I will never tire of Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, most specifically the Harp Interlude. I could listen to that on repeat, it almost brings me to tears how beautiful it is. 

Is there anything in particular the audience should listen out for? 

I vividly remember the first project I did with John Butt and thinking ‘this man knows how to fill every moment with a freshness and vitality that is utterly captivating’. I think the audience can expect an equally rejuvenated and refreshing interpretation of this piece that we all think we know so well! 

Join Dunedin Consort for Messiah this December.

Perth Concert Hall, Perth — Tuesday 19 December, 7pm
The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh — Wednesday 20 December, 7pm
St Aloysius’ Church, Glasgow — Thursday 21 December, 7pm