On 7th April the majestic Castletown House will come alive with the strains of Handel’s glorious and dramatic oratorio, the Messiah. This very special performance will feature the Cambiata Chamber Choir and the Cambiata Baroque Ensemble together with a cast of some of Ireland’s finest soloists Sandra Oman (soprano), Raphaela Mangan (alto), Eoin Hynes (tenor) and Peter Manning (bass).
The performance will be directed by Niall Kinsella who will return from Vienna to Ireland to conduct Handel’s great masterpiece.
The magnificent Long gallery of Castletown House will host this unique performance of Handel’s great masterpiece and guests on the evening will enjoy the music which Castletown residents would have enjoyed centuries ago. There is an interesting connection between Castletown and Handel’s Messiah in that Katherine Conolly, wife of the Speaker of the Irish House of Commons, who resided in Castletown with her husband, was one of the original benefactors of the Messiah’s historical first outing at Fishamble Street in Dublin’s city centre in April 1742.
Castletown House is a historic and vitally important house being one of Ireland’s earliest and finest Palladian houses and is set in exquistite parkland in Celbridge, Co. Kildare.
Published on 7 March 2018