How do you like your Handel’s Messiah, small and intimate or massive and outgoing?
In this part of the world you can have it in any shape or size, starting at one end with the massive choral resources of the Huddersfield Choral Society and the Royal Northern Sinfonia in two performances conducted by Martyn Brabbins (December 19 and 20).
Coming down a rung in size, the Sheffield Bach Choir and the National Festival Orchestra are conducted by Simon Lindley in a complete version of the original score. It requires a 7pm start in Sheffield’s Cathedral (December 4).
Three on the same date feature the Hull Choral Union Choir and their Baroque Orchestra in the Holy Trinity Church as a closing part of the city’s year as UK City of Culture, while in York Minster the Minster Choir have two stars of Opera North, Peter Auty and Julia Doyle, among their quartet of soloists. Returning to the proportions in Handel’s day, the Clothworkers Consort of Leeds are joined by the Skipton Building Society Camerata in Christ Church, Skipton (December 9).
My own favourite is the Wetherby Choral Society and Wetherby Pro Musica, who, inspired by their conductor, John Dunford, have that homespun feeling that takes you deep inside the score (December 16).
Tickets for Huddersfield: 01484 225755; Sheffield: www.wgotickets.com; Hull: 01482 326525; York: 01904 623568; Skipton: 0333 6663366; Wetherby: 07860 454894.