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Meet Gregory Batsleer, the Artistic Director of Classical Everywhere and the visionary behind Handel's Messiah: The Live Experience; a new-style classical music immersive experience taking place in London's West End.

Designed specifically to appeal to both lovers of classical music, and those who are new to the artform, Handel’s Messiah: The Live Experience at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, is open for one night only (Tuesday 6th Dec 2022), to launch a new style classical music concert experience. This first installment is centred on one of the most famous works ever written and the most chosen piece of music...

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