‘Elijah’ — Felix Mendelssohn
Lincoln Cathedral — Saturday 11th May 7.30pm
Lincoln Choral Society will be joined by Hull Choral Union to perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah, one of the greatest choral works of the 19th century, in Lincoln Cathedral on Saturday 11th May at 7.30pm.
The choirs will be accompanied by the Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra and be conducted by Mark Wilde, Musical Director of Lincoln Choral Society.
The oratorio was first performed on 26th August 1846 at Birmingham Town Hall in its English version, conducted by the composer, and it was immediately acclaimed as a classic of the genre.
Mark Wilde, conductor, said: “After a tremendous War Requiem in November, I’m very excited that we’re performing Elijah with Lincoln Choral Society in May and that we will be joined by our friends from Hull Choral Union. Mendelssohn’s music is full of wonderful melodies and passion. He was inspired by the great oratorios of Handel and Bach which gives his music a strong narrative thrust that sweeps us along in the drama of the work.
“The role of Elijah is one of the great milestones of the baritone repertoire and so it is very important to have a real artist to sing the role. I could not be happier to have the wonderful baritone Felix Kemp singing the eponymous role for us. His voice is absolutely perfect for it and he is a great story teller. He is joined by a team of exciting young artists and our very own Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra; it will prove to be a great concert. We are guaranteed a stunning musical interpretation of devotion, prosecution and ascension!”
For further information, please contact Dr Paul Stratton, Publicity Officer, Lincoln Choral Society, on firstname.lastname@example.org.