SunLive Competition


Hallelujah! Celebrate this New Zealand Christmas with a stunning live performance of Handel's Messiah in a year when, due to lockdowns and distancing restrictions, most of the world cannot.


The dramatic music is full of vivid ‘painting’ and encompasses the range of human emotion, ‘the hopes and fears of all the years’ particularly relevant this Covid year.


You will hear the work presented with all the energy and lightness Handel intended in a dynamic collaboration between Scholars Baroque Aotearoa Chamber Choir and NZBarok Orchestra as if it were conducted by himself!


King George II was so moved by Messiah's Hallelujah Chorus that he rose to his feet upon hearing it. For nearly three centuries crowds continue to gather to hear the sheer beauty of the music, standing to acknowledge the power of the Hallelujah!


Be moved, delighted and inspired by this sixth annual performance of Handel's Messiah in our glorious coastal city.


Scholars Baroque Aotearoa Chamber Choir and NZBarok Orchestra will be performing Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, December 5, at St Mary Immaculate Church in Tauranga. Pre-concert chat with Dr Indra Hughes begins at 7pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm.


Tickets: $35 adult, $30 senior, $5 child or student with ID are available at Baycourt for TECT discount, Ticketek or as cash-only door sales until sold out.




The Weekend Sun has one double pass to experience Handel’s Messiah on December 5 for one lucky reader.


Competition Results

Competition Winner: Melody Coates