Handel’s Messiah was performed for the first time in London
March 23, 1743
Messiah is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer.
It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later.
Messiah London Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Sir Colin Davis