Bodleian Libraries' to celebrate Oxford's Christmas Light Festival with reimagined version of Handel's Messiah

19 November 2015

The Bodleian Libraries' is hosting a unique music making experience, Instant Orchestra, on Friday 20 November at the Weston Library as part of Oxford's annual Christmas Light Festival.

Produced by Oxford Contemporary Music, Instant Orchestra will be made up of all participants who arrive on the night and will perform a reimagined version of Handel's much-loved Messiah by BBC Radio 3 presenter Max Reinhart. The free Instant Orchestra will be conducted by Max Reinhart on the night and is open to all experienced and totally inexperienced, amateur and pro musicians and signers alike. No rehearsal necessary, free to watch or perform!

Handel's original conducting score of MessiahTo accompany the performance Handel's original conducting score of Messiah will be on display all day in the Weston Library. 

The Weston Library café will be serving festive food and drink throughout the evening and the Libraries' popular printing press will be working, giving visitors the chance to produce a souvenir printed keepsake. The Zvi Meitar Bodleian Library Shop will be selling seasonal gifts and Christmas cards.

Outside, the Libraries' Clarendon Building on Broad Street will be lit up by a special laser show on both the Friday and Saturday 21 November. The show, called Re:action by artist Dan Shorten of Anomic Multimedia, will last for 15 minutes and take place at 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Friday 20 November, and every hour between 4.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 21 November. 

Full details are available on the official Christmas Light Festival website:

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