Join the Festival’s own highly acclaimed choir and period orchestra for a well-loved choral epic. Written for a British audience, Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah was a huge success at its premiere in Birmingham Town Hall in 1846. An enthusiastic audience of 2000 heard its first performance and The Times commented that there was ‘never a more thorough and speedy recognition of a great work of art’. It has remained one of the stalwarts of the choral repertoire ever since.
With rich orchestral colour and stirring choruses, the powerful score brings to life the story of the great prophet Elijah, an important figure for Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The piece is full of drama: earthquake, wind, fire and drought, famine, flood and resurrection are all there, inspiring the composer to produce some of his greatest music. The five soloists are led by David Soar as Elijah, much in demand on the concert platform and in the opera house, with major roles in the current season at the Royal Opera
House and ENO.
Elijah - David Soar
Soprano - Josephine Goddard
Mezzo soprano - Frances Gregor
Tenor - Rhys Batt
Bass - Adam Maxey
Sponsored by PORTER DODSON and JAN & OLAV EIMSTAD.