The Messiah at Layer Marney Tower


George Frideric Handel’s Messiah was originally written for an Easter performance. It burst onto the stage of Musick Hall in Dublin on April 13, 1742. The record audience of 700 needed the ladies to wear dresses “without Hoops” in order to make “Room for more company.” The draw was Handel, who by this time was seen as a superstar, but it may also have been the chance to see the contralto, Susannah Cibber, then embroiled in a scandalous divorce.

The audience were entranced from the moment the tenor followed the mournful string overture with his piercing opening line: “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.” Soloists alternated with chorus.  Midway through Cibber sang: “He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” So moved was the Rev. Patrick Delany that he leapt to his feet and cried out: “Woman, for this be all thy sins forgiven thee!”

The performance at Layer Marney Tower may not have all these undertones but it will be atmospheric; set in the Christmas decorated barn and performed by some amazing young talent.

Come and join us for this wonderful performance.

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Venue approved for civil marriage
  • Wedding receptions


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours for individuals
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions


Road Directions

By Road: By car: Layer Marney Tower is a 20mns drive from Colchester town centre, off Maldon Road on the way to Tiptree.The address is: Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, Nr. Colchester, Essex C05 9USBy Bus: The 75 bus from Colchester Town Centre will take you to Smythe's Green, a 20mn walk from Layer Marney Tower.The nearest railway station is Kelvedon, which is 6 miles away.

The Messiah at Layer Marney Tower


Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, Essex, CO5 9US

Tel: 01206 330784

Opening Times

Season (17 Dec 2023)
Sunday16:00 - 19:00