Happy Birthday Händel 2022

We are very glad to announce that we are able to organize Happy Birthday Händel on 26th February 2022. Despite the COVID restrictions we have been offered a save modality which allows certainty. Singers and audience need to show proof of vaccination or recovery as well as a negative COVID test upon entry. Even tough this is quite a limitation, once inside we can move without a mask and sit and sing next to each other.

The musical director is Fabian Enders, who successfully directed the Messiah Open-Air in September 2021. As an orchestra we can again engage the Staatskapelle Halle. The soloists are: Anna Maria Wierod, Maria Bieber, Andrew Gavin and Philipp Kaven.

Should the event nevertheless be cancelled at short notice, we will of course be able to reimburse the participation costs. But we do net expect this to happen.


Friday, 25 February 2022
15:30 Singing at Händel Monument
17:00 4 hour choir rehearsal in the Ulrichskirche
21:00 Singer's club at Hallesche Brauhaus

Saturday, 26 February 2022
09:30 testing opportunity in the Handel Halle and status check
11:00 3 hours final rehearsal in the Handel Halle
19:30 Messiah Concert in the Handel Halle
21:00 Singer's Party at Hallesche Brauhaus


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MESSIAH Music and Details

Qualification - Choirs and singers are equally invited. Singers should have rehearsed the Messiah in English language and sung it before.  

Scores  – Bring vocal scores for Handel's Messiah in English. Any English edition can be used. However, the musical instructions refer to the Novello Watkins-Shaw edition. For a uniformed appearance, we ask for scores with black covers. 

Dress Code  - Elegant. Alto & soprano with white long-sleeved blouse and black long skirt or trousers. Bass & tenor with white shirt, black suit and bow tie. Handbags only in dark color and small format.

The following choral pieces will be sung

·         And The Glory Of The Lord

·         And He Shall Purify

·         O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings

·         For Unto Us A Child Is Born

·         Glory To God

·         His Yoke Is Easy

·         Behold The Lamb Of God

·         Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs

·         All We Like Sheep

·         He Trusted In God

·         Lift Up Your Heads

·         Their Sound Is Gone

·         Let Us Break Their Bonds Assunder

·         Hallelujah

·         Worthy Is The Lamb That Was Slain

·         Amen

Due to the shortened rehearsal period, the following choral pieces have been cancelled for 2022:

·         And With His Stripes

·         The Lord Gave The Word

·         Let Us Break Their Bonds Assunder

·         Since By Man Came Death


Corona Regulations

You need to show your proof of vaccination or recovery PLUS a negative test before entering the Ulrichskirche on Friday. Also bring your passport and the TicketPay singers ticket. (only 4 pieces of paper!)

The test can be made at various locations in Halle city center, last but not least directly in front of the Ulrichskirche. They are free.

You will then get a wristband from us, that will show you are recovered and vaccinated for entry into the Handel Concert Hall or the Singers Club in the Hallesche Brauhaus for the duration of our event. The tests are valid for 24 hrs, and since we have a 2 day event, you need to test again on Saturday to get into the concert in the evening. And on this note, this rule applies to all those with a booster shot too.

As of 17.02.2022. We reserve the right to make changes.