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It's Christmas, so all hail Handel's Messiah

Ulster Orchestra Waterfront Hall, Belfast Tonight and tomorrow, 7.30pm

Handel's Messiah has been adopted into the Christmas ritual in most UK cities, and Belfast is no exception.

The Belfast Philharmonic Society, with the Ulster Orchestra under the baton of Laurence Cummings, will perform this Irish-premiered masterpiece in the Waterfront.

Joining them will be a team of fine soloists, including one of Ireland's brightest and most talented young sopranos, Anna Devin. Handel's Messiah will be leaving Belfast audiences stirred, uplifted and humming the tunes. Tickets cost £28-£10 from the box office tel: 028 9033 4455 or visit ulsterorchestra.com.

Newry Chamber Music

Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry

Tuesday, December 13, 8pm

Newry Chamber Music Society is fortunate in having two first-class musicians as its directors. David and Joanne Quigley are known way beyond these shores, but a few times a year they and their musician friends present high-calibre music to local audiences.

They will be joined by Belfast born soprano Sinead O'Kelly and Warrenpoint-born baritone Aaron O'Hare. Neither is based in Northern Ireland, so it is great to see them in Newry. Tickets for A Classical Christmas 2016 cost £15/£5. For more information visit newrychambermusic.com

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