• singing in salzburg, 2016
  • singing in salzburg, 2016
  • singing in salzburg, 2016
  • singing in salzburg, 2016

Singing in Salzburg, 2016

WHEN: 28th April, 2016

WHERE: Salzburg, Austria

COST: From $AUD450.00 twin share.

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Sing Händel`s MESSIAH in Salzburg

Take part in this extraordinarily uplifting event with people from all around the world and enjoy the warm hospitality and delights of this gorgeous city. 

Limited to a maximum of 400 singers from around the world. A prompt booking with full payment will secure your place and accommodation in this event.

The programme

Thursday, 28th April, 2016
Individual arrival in Salzburg. Check into your booked accommodation.

16:00h/4:00pm 1st Messiah Rehearsal at Saal der Salzburger Volkskultur with Choir and Piano.
Conducted by Jan S. Bechtold & Erich Klug
15:15h/3:15pm doors open, duration 2 hrs.

Singers Club - Singers meet for a relaxed evening together.


10:00h/10:00am 2 h walking tour of Salzburg
15:00h/3:00pm 2nd Messiah Rehearsal at Saal der Salzburger Volkskultur with

Choir, Orchestra and Piano. Conducted by Jan S. Bechtold & Erich Klug
14:15h/02:15noon doors open, duration 2 hrs.

19:00h/07:00pm Intenational Messiah Evening with Musical Walk trough the Old Town of Salzburg
The participating choirs present themselves here one after the other. 10 minutes per choir.
Compulsory Final Piece: G.F. Handel "Hallelujah" from "Messiah".

Singers Club - Singers meet for a relaxed evening together.


10:00h/10:00am Messiah General Rehearsal at the Saal of the Salzburger Volkskultur with Choir, Soloists and Orchestra.
Conducted by Jan S. Bechtold & Erich Klug

09:30h/09:30am doors open, duration approx. 3 hrs. approx.

16:30h/4:30pm Transfer from your Hotel to the beautiful Trumer Lake district to Mattsee!
Welcome, round trip, short rehearsal and "Sound check"

5th Messiah Concert at Stiftskirche Mattsee
Version by Leonard Bernstein (1956)
With all participants; singers, choirs, soloists and orchestra - from all over the world.
Conductor: Jan S. Bechtold.
18:15h/6:15pm doors open

22:15h/10:15pm Messiah – Choir-Festival – Party incl. light dinner

Get – Together for all Participants.
Transfer back to your hotel.


After breakfast, check out of your accommodation.
Singabout and our travel partners are happy to arrange for any post tour throughout Austria or Europe.

Good bye until the 6th Messiah Festival April to May, 2016.

Programme based on 2014 changes may occur in 2015.

If you wish to stay in or around Europe for a longer period please let us know so we can help you with an itinerary.

Fancy heading to Prague, Vienna and Munich as well?

In the Footsteps of Great Masters is available if minimum number of 15 people is reached. Please click here to read about this tour. Footsteps >>>

Any questions? Contact us.

The Music

Georg Friedrich Händel was born on 23rd February 1685 in Halle, Germany. After leaving Germany he lived in Italy and then in England. Working for English Royalty he created works of world wide significance. The oratorio "Messiah“ is Handel’s greatest work.

The piece is so popular that many singers and choirs all over the world regularly meet up in large Messiah-Choirs for joint concerts.

This tradition started in the 19th century and saw performances with many hundred singers in famous concerts such as Boston in 1869 or London in 1884.

Since more than 10 years "Messiah“ can be sung in a large choir in Halle, Germany ("Happy Birthday Handel“). Now the "Jubilate – Choir Salzburg“ invites you for the "Messiah – Choir-Festival“ in Mozart’s town. W.A. Mozart himself arranged some of Handel‘s works and performed them in the style of the 18th century.

In Salzburg Leonard Bernstein’s version will be performed (1956)
This version of Handel's 'Messiah' could quite possibly be feasible today only as a Bernstein reissue. The quest for authenticity has overtaken the performance and recording of early music, and even a conductor recording 'Messiah' without attempting a historically-informed style of performance wouldn't dare introduce the level of revision that Bernstein did for his Carnegie Hall performances which preceded it.

The irony here is that Bernstein's rearrangement of the sections works as the dramatic sequence he intended, and his reasons for doing it make sense. He made no claims to authenticity and didn't apologize for mucking about with a "masterpiece." Bernstein saw the second part of the work as falling into two sections: switching them put the "joyful" music of the latter half of Part II immediately after Part I (the "Christmas" section), reshaping the whole work into two large parts rather than three.

Information for singers 2016

Choir and individual singers are both invited. Singers should have sung "Messiah“ before.
Please bring vocal scores of Handel’s "Messiah“ in English with you. Every English edition can be used, instructions however refer to the Bärenreiter edition.

Dress Code: Ladies in black with a "friendly – coloured"Accessory. Gentlemen wear a dinner jacket, white shirt and a coloured tie.

Musical Walk through the Old Town of Salzburg on Friday,
Some participating choirs present themselves one after the other at different places in the Old Town of Salzburg. Performing time: 10 minutes per choir. Compulsory Final Piece: "Hallelujah“ from "Messiah“.

Changes to the programme may occur.

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