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The Symphony Choir of Cape Town will perform Handel’s uplifting English-language oratorio in the in one of the oldest church buildings in South Africa, the Lutheran Church in Strand Street.

Don’t miss the chance to hear this famous, uplifting work that is probably the choral work performed most often worldwidey. Some do so at Easter. We prefer to do it in December close to Christmas, and some members of our choir even sang it at Carnegie Hall in New York a year ago.

It is said that when he wrote the “Hallelujah” chorus, Handel “saw all heaven before him”. Handel’s music explores the human response to the divine and nowhere is this more apparent than in the “Hallelujah” and “Amen” choruses of his Messiah, first performed in 1741.

In 1774, Martin Melck, himself a Lutheran, built and donated the church to the early Lutheran congregation of Cape Town. It would undergo various alterations and additions, which include the front elevation and exquisite carvings on organ façade and pulpit by the Cape’s leading sculptor at the time, Anton Anreith.  

Secure parking is available at a cost of R10 per hour from 6pm onwards at the Sun Square Hotel. Entrance to public parking is via Castle Street with parking available on 3 levels. Use on P1 to pay for parking before leaving.


Tickets are R200 and are available from Quicket and at the door.  Seating is unreserved and will be available on a first come first served basis. If you would like a well-positioned seat, we encourage you to arrive in good time. 

When and where?

Lutheran Church
Strand Street 98
Cape Town City Centre
Cape Town
South Africa

Sat 21 Dec 2019 at 7:30 PM (SAST)
Sat 21 Dec 2019 at 9:30 PM (SAST)

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