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Thu 3 Oct 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: £10-£75

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Mendelssohn Elijah

Masaaki Suzuki conductor
Carolyn Sampson soprano
Anna Stephany mezzo-soprano
Brenden Gunnell tenor
Christian Immler baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Mendelssohn’s magnificent story of faith, doubt and miracles.

The composer’s masterpiece has been one of Britain’s most popular choral works for more than 170 years.

Uplifting and dramatic, it has been a firm favourite of choral societies since it premiered at Birmingham Town Hall in 1846.

This Old Testament story sees Israel in the grip of a corrupt regime. God sends the Prophet Elijah to sort it out; something he achieves, spectacularly, through a series of miracles including resurrecting a boy and sacrificing a bull.

But it’s not all fire and brimstone. It’s also Mendelssohn’s own unique exploration of faith and doubt from an era of great change.

Mendelssohn was hugely inspired by the Baroque oratorios of Bach and Handel, whose influence can be heard throughout Elijah.

Japanese conductor Masaaki Suzuki returns for his first performances with us since a spellbending tour of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in 2016.

 

Venue details

This venue has disabled access. Nearest National Rail: Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross Nearest Underground: Waterloo and Embankment
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