Sunday 21 November 2021 in Holy Trinity Church, Knareborough

Click on logo (left) to read about opencountry - the charity for 2021.

The Nidderdale Messiah was conceived in 2004


  • to herald the Christmas season
    • to raise money for charity
      • to have fun, singing and listening to Handel's Messiah.


Since the first Nidderdale Messiah in November 2004 at Ripley, more and more of you have come either to sing or to listen to Handel's masterpiece. Through the generosity of donors, advertisers and sponsors, between us we have raised thousands of pounds for charities to facilitate their work. Thus we can take heart that so many with both mental and physical problems, supported by carers and all those who work so diligently on their behalf with no thought of recognition or reward, have benefited.


Each year we have the opportunity to enjoy a talented group of soloists and musicians (see HERE), most of whom are distinguished figures in their musical fields. They all care enough about Nidderdale Messiah and its aims to offer their services free. All those that help in the organisation in areas such as ticketing, publicity, website, printing, stewarding, raffle, advertising and sponsorship also offer their services free. Thus after donation to the host church and sundry essential small expenses, which may include soloists' travel expenses, all the monies raised go to the nominated charity. We and the charity that benefits each year are indeed most fortunate in this respect and we offer everyone who participates our profound thanks.


We are delighted that Andrew Padmore will take over from David Andrews as conductor in 2021. Andrew is a charismatic conductor who regularly conducts choirs across the country. He is best known locally as the inspirational conductor of Harrogate Choral Society.


As the Nidderdale Messiah has grown, the need for a formal management organisation has been keenly felt. Our organising committee are all volunteers and many have been regular participants in the event and organising team. All can be contacted via email at or via the details on the Contacts page.


We are all looking forward to offering you a warm welcome once again in November.


Jane Burniston