Laurence Cummings, Music Director, London Handel Festival


with the London Handel Festival

the London Handel Orchestra,



One World Baroque was invited to be a Choral Partner on the London Handel Festival’s 2021 MESSIAH REIMAGINED project.

In September, following rehearsals with Daniel Taylor and coachings and sectionals with Kathryn Whitney, the choir recorded choruses that featured in a Messiah broadcast from London, which was directed by Laurence Cummings, on December 23.

In the lead up to the festival, Kathryn Whitney hosted INTO THE LIGHT – a lecture series with world-leading Handel specialists. The series also featured ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’ Messiah sing-alongs and an exchange of recipes from Handel’s London.

We send special thanks to Laurence Cummings, Gregory Batsleer,  Adrian Butterfield, and Andrea Lee for inviting us to take part of this beautiful global project, which brought the light of Handel’s music to all in a dark time.



INTO THE LIGHT – Oct-Nov 2021


  • Six weeks of CANTOR CHATS from world-leading Handel experts.
  • Live conversations, workshops, and interviews featuring leading conductors, players, and singers from around the world
  • Weekly informal KAFFEE UND KUCHEN socials – includes recipes from Handel’s London
  • MESSIAH SING-ALONG sessions. Choristers sight-sang their way through all Messiah choruses across our six weeks together, culminating in our live watch part of the Messiah Reimagined performance on December 23, 2021.

Speakers include:

Nicholas McGegan, OBE. One of the world’s leading conductors of 18th-century music, joining us live from California.

Looee Arreak, award-winning Inuktitut singer-songwriter, soloist in the film Messiah/Complex, joining us live from Iqaluit, Nunuvut.

Baritone, conductor, and pedagogue, Mel Braun, Professor of Voice, University of Manitoba, joining us live from Winnipeg.

Nancy Argenta, the leading Handel soprano of her generation, and one of Canada’s most prolific recording artists, joining us live from Victoria, B.C.

Adrian Butterfield, Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Festival, Associate Music Director of the London Handel Festival, and Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Musi, joining us live from London.

Charles Daniels, one of the most sought-after tenors in the world. Frequent performer with all major early music ensembles, including Les Voix Humaine, the Orlando Consort, the King’s Consort, joining us live from a European tour.