Why I never tire of Messiah

Why I never tire of Messiah


norman lebrecht

December 07, 2013

Clare Stevens, a tireless performer, riffs through the memory bank:

handel messiah

At around the time when I started singing for him he had famously been arrested for being drunk and disorderly in the street outside the church, on his way home from the pub on the other side of York Street, but conducted his own defence in court and arranged to get off on the technicality that when the police spoke to him he was actually inside his own house. Some years later he was sacked by the church after one argument too many with the rector – and one too many irreverent post-Evensong voluntary – and moved to the South Coast. he died far too young after suffering a heart attack on the organ bench.

Full story here.


  • Neil van der Linden says:

    The title would be a good one for a modern religious song. Why I never tire of the Messiah. Bible Belt with a slight Spinoza twist.

  • Paul Sullivan says:

    Three hour of the most stultifying and repetitive music I ever heard. That being said, it has it’s enthusiastic once a year fans.

  • Paul Sullivan says:

    Sorry, should read “hours”.