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Handel: Messiah

Conductor Erin Helyard
Soprano Miriam Allan
Mezzo Soprano Helen Sherman
Tenor Paul McMahon
Baritone Andrew Collis

Canticum Chamber Choir

Handel Messiah

Duration: Two hours and 45 minutes, including a 20 minute interval (subject to change without notice)
A Reserve
$50 - $87*
B Reserve
$50 - $74*
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Set Series (3)
$166.50 - $225
Student Set Series (3)
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Queensland Symphony Orchestra continues its annual tradition of presenting Messiah, in 2017 with Handel specialist Erin Helyard at the helm. 

This is an oratorio you must witness, if not every year, then this once. Telling the story of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection through music and solo arias, interspersed with parts for compelling chorus, Messiah includes one of the most famous pieces of Baroque choral music ever created: the rousing Hallelujah chorus. You must join us!

Program Notes

Queensland Symphony Orchestra is pleased to provide free concert programs to further enrich your concert experience. Here you will find detailed notes on the composers and repertoire, and biographies of guest artists.

You can help us reduce the cost of these printed programs and reduce the impact on the environment. View the program notes online prior to the concert, or download only the sections you wish to bring to the concert. And if you do need a printed program, please take one between two and keep it for the month of concerts.



Erin Helyard

Praised as a virtuosic and eloquent soloist as well as an inspired and versatile conductor, Erin Helyard is at the forefront of a new generation of young musicians who are inspired by the latest musicological...
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Miriam Allan

Gramophone describes Miriam Allan’s singing as “enchanting” and “impressive” with audiences around the world engaged by her honesty and “depictions of sublime hope” in places of darkness and sorrow. She has given performances from Edinburgh...
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Helen Sherman

Born in Australia, mezzo-soprano Helen Sherman studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she completed a Bachelor of Music and Post Graduate Diploma in opera. Following her success in the 2007 Australian Singing Competition...
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Paul McMahon

Performing regularly as a soloist with symphony orchestras, chamber music groups and choirs throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia, tenor Paul McMahon is one of Australia’s finest exponents of baroque and classical repertoire, particularly the...
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Andrew Collis

Nick Shadow, The Rake’s Progress , Victorian Opera “Andrew Collis was a commanding Nick Shadow, cajoling Tom Rakewell by pandering to his every wish. His persuasively strong characterisation and intelligible pronunciation initially suggested a confident...
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