By Lisa Marie Griffith
Dublin can claim a special place in music history as the first place that Handel’s Messiah was performed. Handel, the story goes, was looking for his big break and yet to wow London audiences he came to Dublin and the piece was premiered at the Music Hall on Fishamble street on 13th of April 1742 at a philanthropic concert. As one of the most famous pieces of music in the world, the anniversary of this premiere is celebrated every year in the city by various city institutions and under the umbrella of the Temple Bar Cultural Trust. Celebrations to mark the anniversary this year are bigger and better than ever before and it seems the trust are doing their best to bring the eighteenth century to Dublin’s streets. Activities 13 April include an eighteenth-century French ‘dance-off’ performed in period costume, a talk on Handel in Dublin, two walking tours and the movie on the square is Stanley Kubrick’s wonderful Barry Lyndon which is based on William Thackery’s The Luck of Barry Lyndon. The full programme can be found at the Temple Bar Cultural Trust website.