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Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s first performance of the Messiah was not in London but in a music hall in Fishamble Street in Dublin.

The performance took place on 13th April 1742 and although he struggled to find enough performers and to convince the clergy to allow him to perform a sacred piece of music in a secular building, the performance was met with great aclaim.

A charitable man, Handel donated the proceeds from this performance to three charities, The Society for Relieving Prisoners, The Charitable Infirmary and Mercers Hospital.

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