#OTD in 1742 – Handel’s Messiah is performed for the first time, conducted by the composer, at Mr. Neale’s Great Music Hall, Fishamble Street, Dublin, before an audience of 700.

George Frideric Handel (who had lived in London for many years) decided to visit Dublin. He also had received an invitation from the British Viceroy of Ireland, the Duke of Devonshire in Dublin.  At the time, Handel apparently was somewhat discontented with recent London reviews and with the treatment of some of his works, as a result […]

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1742 – Handel’s Messiah is performed for the first time, conducted by the composer, at Mr. Neale’s Great Musick Hall, Fishamble Street, Dublin, before an audience of 700.

Handel’s Messiah is performed for the first time at Fishamble Street Hall, Dublin. The German born composer performed a number of charity concerts in Dublin, premiering the Messiah one day later than originally planned. From A History of Irish Music by William H. Grattan Flood: “In the late summer of the year 1741 the Duke […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 13 April:

1593 – Birth of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford/Viceroy of Ireland. 1722 – Charles Leslie, Irish controversialist, dies. 1728 – Samuel Molyneux, former MP for the University of Dublin and son of the writer William Molyneux, collapses in the British House of Commons and dies on this date, aged 38. 1780 – Alexander Mitchell, civil […]

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