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Come and Sing Handel’s Messiah on 4 & 5 May 2019

with Aljosa Skorja and St Matthew’s Orchestra

Join St Matthew’s Orchestra and Choir  at one of their famous weekend workshops on 4 & 5 May 2019.

We will work on Handel’s Messiah and the weekend will be filled with music (and some hard work), culminating in an unforgettable evening performance, with professional orchestra and soloists.

Messiah is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. Handel wrote Messiah for modest vocal and instrumental forces, with optional settings for many of the individual numbers.

HOW MUCH?   The cost for the weekend workshop is £25 if paid for at the time of booking online or £27 on-the-day.   This includes a full day of rehearsing, a half-day pre-concert rehearsal, an unforgettable evening performance with professional orchestra and soloists, and a half price voucher for an audience ticket for family or friends.

The day will be led by Josh Aljosa Skorja, who is rapidly making a name for himself as one of the most exciting choral conductors in the North of England. Josh studied musicology in his native Slovenia and conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He is Director of Music at St Matthew’s Church, Chapel Allerton and leads the Pontefract Choral Society and York Cantores Chamber Choir.  The event will conclude with a concert at 6.30 pm on Sunday 5 May 2019 with St Matthew's Orchestra and talented soloists from Rocket Opera.

If you have some experience of reading music or even singing in a choir—definitely yes!  And don’t worry, there will be ample time on Saturday to get familiar with the notes.    If you’re not sure, please do not hesitate to get in touch or, better still, simply come along, and find out. 


Saturday, 4 May 2019 

  • 10.00 am - Registration

  • 10.30 am - Start

  • 1.00 pm - Lunch

  • 4.30 pm - Finish

Sunday, 5 May 2019  

  • 2.30 pm - Rehearsal with orchestra and soloists

  • 6.30 pm - Concert

  • 9.00 pm - Finish


St Matthew’s Parish Church, Chapel Allerton, Leeds - just off Wood Lane, LS7 3QF. 

Plenty of on- and off-street parking.  Easily reachable by public transport (2, 3, 3A, 48; 7A, 7S).


  • Still got questions?

  • Want more info?

Please do not hesitate to contact us.

HOW DO I APPLY?   Click on the button below and fill in the form.    When you have completed the form you will be given the option to pay online at the discounted rate.

Please apply by Friday 26 April 2019.  Receipt of application will be acknowledged by e-mail.  We will do our best to accommodate all applications. Late applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.