Handel's Messiah - episode 11

Lots of beer - life as a musician at Dublin Castle

The Irish State Musick was the permanent ensemble at the court at Dublin Castle. They were primarily paid in beer and had to take on extra work as waiters in order to make a living. The violinists also had to accept that the trumpeters were paid more because they had a higher risk of dying while on duty. In this episode you will also get an explanation as to why you will not be hearing one single note of Irish traditional music in this advent calendar.
Interview with musician & conductor, Peter Whelan

Music: Dunedin Consort ‘Handel’s Original Dublin Version 1742’