Messiah 2.0

Messiah 2.0


"Messiah 2.0" is a new and exciting way of presenting Handel's most famous oratorio using contemporary instruments and musical styles, complementing while carefully preserving the grandeur and depth of the original score.



LOCAL PREMIERE - Pottstown Middle School (600 N. Franklin St.) - December 14 & 15. Mr. Edwards conducting.

Tickets go on sale November 15.

Choral sign ups (Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Basses) - click "CONTACT" to sign up or request information. Registration deadline is October 15.

"Messiah 2.0" was conceived by educator, conductor, performer and composer Mark Edwards as a new and exciting way of presenting Handel's most famous oratorio using contemporary instruments and musical styles, complementing while carefully preserving the grandeur and depth of the original score.


"Thank you for the opportunity to review your work "Messiah 2.0". I enjoyed listening to it and appreciated the quality and creativity of each arrangement. You have produced an excellent piece with each movement being performed very tastefully."
William F. DeSanto, D.M.A.
Music Department Chair, Valley Forge Christian College

"Amazing how he kept the choral aspect in the traditional style, wow! Believe it or not it works."
Mary Jane Puiu, Director
McGill Choral Society, Montreal


In creating this new orchestration, the arranger's aim was to include contemporary instruments in a tradition akin to Mozart and Prout who added woodwinds, extra brass & pipe organ to Handel's score. Each movement has been uniquely scored using popular rhythms (Latin, jazz, reggae, rock, pop, gospel, etc.) and electronic “flavors” presented within a truly universal setting. Drummers and electronic musicians can now join with chorus and orchestra in this joyful masterpiece.

This was originally conceived as a fun and inspirational community event, using professional soloists and pit musicians for the feature parts along with local singers and musicians. The arrangement, or sections thereof, is also suitable for small acoustic settings and large concert venues.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need a skilled lead guitarist and set drummer. In medium to large venues, the use of a knowledgeable sound technician is essential. Need help? Click "CONTACT" to request tips and suggestions from the arranger.

DURATION: This arrangement provides for an approximately 90 minute performance and includes some of the most popular and significant sections from Parts I, II and III. It also provides for two major arias with recitatives for each of the four vocal soloists. Sections of the complete opus have been selectively omitted. Obscure and usually omitted sections were automatically excluded. Directors who wish to perform sections not included with this arrangement may reinstall and perform them in a traditional manner. Click on "SET LIST" for the list of selections that are included.

AUDIO SAMPLES: Click on "AUDIO" to hear audio/MIDI demo samples. THESE PERFORMANCES ARE TO BE USED FOR REVIEW PURPOSES, ONLY. For best results, use full-range headphones or stereo system. The virtual (MIDI) instruments do not accurately represent real instruments or performances. Copying or distribution without permission is prohibited by law.

BIO: Mark studied music with a major in drums and percussion at West Chester University (PA) and earned a B.S. in Music Education degree. He has written and arranged music for piano, chorus, and instrumental ensembles. Currently he teaches music and freelances as a conductor, jazz pianist, mobile disc jockey, percussionist and guitar/vocalist.


The Messiah (selections)

Written By: Handel/arr. Edwards

For lyrics to this arrangement, please consult any of the standard editions of the complete "Messiah":

Schirmer (Hal Leonard Publications/vocal score)

Novello (Boosey & Hawkes/vocal score)

Prout (G. Schirmer/full orchestra) available through Luck's Music

Mann (Dover Publications/full score)


ORDERS & INQUIRIES, please click on the "CONTACT" envelope on the left.

Perusal scores available by request.

Work is currently available for rental from Maestromar Publications.
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Set List


1. "Overture"
2. Recitative for Tenor "Comfort Ye My People"
3. Air for Tenor "Every Valley Shall Be Exalted"
4. Chorus "And The Glory Of The Lord"
5. Recitative for Bass "Thus Saith The Lord"
6. Air for Bass "But Who May Abide The Day Of His Coming?"
8. Recitative for Alto "Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive"
9. Air for Alto and Chorus "O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion"
12. Chorus "For Unto Us A Child Is Born"
13. "Pastoral Symphony"
14. Recitatives for Soprano "There Were Shepherds Abiding In The Field"
......"And Lo! The Angel Of The Lord Came Upon Them"
15. Recitative for Soprano "And The Angel Said Unto Them"
16. Recitative for Soprano "And Suddenly There Was With The Angel"
17. Chorus "Glory To God"


22. Chorus "Behold The Lamb Of God"
23. Air for Alto "He Was Despised"
24. Chorus "Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs"
25. Chorus "And With His Stripes We Are Healed"
26. Chorus "All We Like