Following last November’s unprecedented sell-out performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Knock Basilica, the trumpet shall sound once again on Saturday 3 November with the return of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for the second performance at the Basilica of the world’s most famous and beloved oratorio, renowned for stunning choruses and arias.

Overflowing with the most exciting choral writing, thundering timpani and blazing trumpets, the Messiah energises audiences, and leaves them singing ‘Hallelujah’.

The first ever performance of the Messiah took place at Neal’s New Musick Hall in Dublin’s Fishamble Street in 1742. The “subscription list of six hundred persons was quite filled”, according to Handel himself, as ladies heeded pleas by management to wear dresses ‘without hoops’ in order to make ‘room for more company’ – something we trust will not be a problem at the more commodious Basilica!

Featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by Proinnsías Ó Duinn, with a 180-strong choir and an incomparable line up of soloists, this will be a sensational evening of delightful and thrilling music making.


Proinnsías Ó Duinn served as Principal Conductor with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra from 1978 to 2002 when he was appointed Conductor Laureate. During this time he recorded commercially with both the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. His repertoire ranges from popular music to major symphonies and includes many national and world premières. Proinnsías Ó Duinn conducts the international Messiah-Choir by invitation every year at the German city of Halle, the birthplace of Handel, and is the pre-eminent interpreter of the Messiah in Ireland.

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Introducing orchestral music to new audiences since 1948, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra has built a strong connection with the public that saw it named the World’s Favourite Orchestra 2015, winning 25% of the vote in an international poll. The orchestra is committed to an eclectic range of programming across various genres, meaning that no two RTÉ CO audiences are ever the same.

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An alumna of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden’s Young Artist Programme, Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio, London, Anna Devin has performed on operatic and concert stages throughout Europe and the U.S. Includubg performances in La Scala Milan, Vienna, Madrid, Salzburg, Covent Garden London, Seattle, Lausanne and Carnegie Hall New York.    Learn More

Tenor Peter O’Reilly is a graduate of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and has been a very successful prizewinner in the ESB Feis Ceoil, most recently winning the Cuisine de France John McCormack Bursary. His engagements to date take him from Dublin to the Buxton Festival and include two world premieres.

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Dublin born Mezzo Soprano Kate Allen has enjoyed international recognition for her performances in Europe and the USA where appearances include Northern Ireland Opera, Ulster Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, La Fenice, Santa Barbara Opera and the Wexford Festival Opera.

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Irish bass John Molloy has graced the stages of concert halls and theatres all over the world. Recent credits include performances in Bologna, Rouen, Netherlands, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera London, Shanghai Opera, Rotterdam and Canberra.

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Our Lady’s Choral Society was founded in Dublin in 1945 and in its annual performances appears regularly at the National Concert Hall with the National Orchestras.  Learn More

Cór Mhaigh Eo Mixed Voice Choir, Mayo Cór Mhaigh Eo (Mayo Choir) was established in 1994. Under the direction of Dr Brian Lennon, the choir sings a wide repertoire of sacred and secular choral music. Learn More

Consisting of 25 members, Mayo Chamber Choir was formed in 2011, and performs a wide variety of music including a cappella part songs (Sacred and Secular), Jazz, and Classics.  Learn More

Liz Nolan hails from Dublin, and trained in voice, oboe and piano at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  

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