The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir first performed Handel’s Messiah in 1932 under conductor Herbert A Fricker (2nd conductor of the TMC). It has performed Messiah every year since. In recent years it has become the (mostly beloved) Messiah Marathon for our choristers with rehearsals and up to six performances with the TSO each December.
The Choir has also recorded Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra three times:
In 1952 under Sir Ernest MacMillan with soloists Lois Marshall, Mary Palmateer, John Vickers and James Milligan.
In 1987 under Sir Andrew Davis with soloists Kathleen Battle, Florence Quivar, John Aler and Samuel Ramey.
In 2015 under Sir Andrew Davis with soloists Erin Wall, Elizabeth DeShong, Andrew Staples and John Relyea.