Mendelssohn: Elijah

English Symphony Orchestra

Soloists: to be announced

Mendelssohn much admired the Baroque works of Bach and Handel but - in creating this oratorio depicting events in the life of the Biblical prophet Elijah - Mendelssohn’s lyricism and use of orchestral & choral colour clearly demonstrate his own style and genius as an early Romantic composer.

The work was premiered in 1846 and has remained a firm favourite with performers and audiences since.

Elijah includes: the resurrection of a dead youth, a contest between Jehovah and Baal, the bringing of rain to parched Israel through Elijah's prayers, the prosecution of Elijah by Queen Jezebel, Elijah's vision of God appearing and his ascension on a fiery chariot into heaven. The work ends with prophecies and praise.

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The society performs three major concerts every season. Our first concert in the season is usually performed in early November. This is followed by our regular opener for Christmas, Handel's Messiah. In the March of the following year we perform a third major concert.

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