Polyphony & OAE

Tuesday, 23 December, 2014 - 19:30

This year sees the 20th anniversary of the first performance of Messiah at St John’s Smith Square by Stephen Layton and Polyphony. We are immensely proud that this annual performance is considered to be one of the superlative interpretations. A formidable line-up of soloists joins Stephen Layton and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for what promises to be an exhilarating performance.

“No-one, but no-one performs Messiah better every year than the choir Polyphony under the conductor Stephen Layton.” Evening Standard

“Wow! Words are inadequate to convey the sheer brilliance of Polyphony and of Layton’s conducting.” Early Music Today

“There are few finer exponents of this great oratorio than Polyphony and Stephen Layton whose annual St John’s Smith Square performances are a highlight of the season.” Classic FM Magazine

Katherine Watson soprano
“The lovely soprano Katherine Watson brought a rosy voice and alluring phrasing to the role.”  The New York Times

Iestyn Davies countertenor 
“One of the most glorious countertenor voices in the world today.” The Independent

Gwilym Bowen tenor 
“Outstanding throughout … raised the neck-hairs.”
 Birmingham Post

Neal Davies bass 
“One of the world’s leading Handelian basses.” Opera News


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Katherine Watson
Iestyn Davies
Gwilym Bowen
Neal Davies
Stephen Layton
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