Sunday 24 November 2019   Holy Trinity Church, Knaresborough

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, 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.


Clearly the day could not be successful without a seriously competent Musical Director to knock us into shape in 90 minutes. David Andrews continues as conductor for 2018. He is a highly experienced violinist, organist and conductor, and no stranger to fund-raising. .


We are delighted to welcome Adrian Selway as our organist again this year. Adrian is known to many around Harrogate as an organist, teacher and adjudicator.


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