Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December were big days for the choir of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral as they undertook performances of Handel’s Messiah. Both evenings were sold out and there was still demand for tickets right up until the day itself. It was noted in the introduction to the evening that of the forty-six singers in the choir, only six were over the age of eighteen, and for those remaining forty youngsters it was their first time singing the work.
The four soloists for the evening were all in fine voice and they included former chorister Eoghan Desmond singing the bass arias and Douglas native Emma Nash singing her first Messiah soprano solos. Dublin based Raphaela Mangan and Andrew Gavin completed the team, and they all joined in singing the Hallelujah Chorus and ensuring the roof was raised.