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Each year the Dublin Handel Festival takes place in April in the Old City area of Temple Bar and other historic venues throughout Dublin. The festival presents a full programme packed with Handel highlights and includes concerts, theatre, workshops, tours, talk, family activities and newly commissioned work.

Yesterday, 13th April, at lunchtime, Dublin celebrated the 275th anniversary of the World Premiere of Messiah (1742) when Handel walked into Mr. Neal's newly opened Musick Hall to direct the performance in aid of Dublin charities. With him were choristers from the nearby Christ Church and St. Patrick's Cathedrals and the specially formed Dublin Orchestra and soloists. The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral enjoys an enviable reputation as one of Ireland's finest choirs. Tracing its origins to 1493 with the founding of the choir school, the cathedral choir is still highly regarded in Dublin's musical life.

Each year since 1992 Our Lady's Choral Society has gathered at this Fishamble Street  spot in the open air with soloists and the Handelian Orchestra to remember this historic occasion by performing an hour of extracts from the oratorio.

This year, Temple Bar Cultural Trust will pay particular attention to involving young people and families in the festival by expanding the programme to include traditional Irish music, as well as offering dance workshops and an outdoor Movie on the Square.