On 2 January 2016 at 12 noon, the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union returns to the Usher Hall with the Edinburgh Pro Musica Orchestra for its 129th annual new year performance of Handel’s Messiah. This year’s conductor is Tecwyn Evans, who has worked with a wide variety of opera companies and orchestras in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. He is delighted to be joined by an array of eminent young soloists, including lyric coloratura soprano Susanna Andersson, who is already established as one of Sweden’s top young singers. Mezzo-soprano Annie Gill’s recordings include the Dublin version of Handel’s Messiah, which won a Gramophone Award in 2007 in the baroque vocal category. Nicholas Mulroy, tenor, is known primarily for his performances of baroque music, and has sung with most of Europe’s leading period instrument groups and orchestras worldwide. German baritone Benjamin Appl, a BBC New Generation Artist and ECHO Rising Star artist, made his first appearance at the BBC Proms in 2015 with the Brahms Triumphlied and Carmina Burana, and sang the bass arias in the St Matthew Passion with Sir Roger Norrington.