Handel's Messiah - episode 14

Drunken choir singers

‘The tenor voice that gives me the greatest satisfaction’ were Handel’s words about John Church, who later appeared in Messiah. However, even though John, who was such a fantastic singer, both had the surname Church and was a church singer he was always getting into trouble. However, the most fêted musicians would often be trouble. They were more or less constantly drunk. They would often fight – also during services.

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