The great oratorio Elijah was popular at its premiere and has been frequently performed ever since. Its melodrama, easy appeal, powerful choruses, lyrical solos and outstanding orchestral sounds have provided the basis for countless successful performances.
Elijah was one of the important Biblical prophets, who lived in the 9th Century BC during the times of King Ahab and his wicked queen Jezebel. Elijah is regarded by all faiths (Jews, Christians, Muslims and Druze) as a healer, a miracle maker, and a great hero who stood against the might of Kings and false prophets.
The composer Felix Mendelssohn was a precociously gifted child, so much so that the finest musicians of the day hailed him as a second Mozart. In 1836, at the age of 27, the idea if an oratorio based on the life of the Old Testament prophet, Elijah, particularly appealed to him but it was to be another ten years before it came to fruition in a work which uses biblical episodes relating to Elijah to produce intensely dramatic scenes.
Harrogate Choral Society performed Elijah as the first concert of the formally formed Society in 1948. This concert, which celebrates out 70th Anniversary, will be the tenth time we have sung it and we are delighted to be joined by Samantha Hay, Soprano; Gaynor Keeble, Mezzo Soprano, Luke Sinclair, Tenor; and Alex Ashworth, Bass Baritone. We will be accompanied by the Amici Ensemble and conducted by Andrew Padmore.
For more information about Harrogate Choral Society please visit our website at www.harrogatechoral.org.uk