bury  singing bach  since choir  1932
bury                                 singing bach                                 since  choir                                 1932

Mendelssohn Elijah

Felix Mendelssohn

Saturday 20 May 2017



St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds


Mendelssohn:     Elijah


Fae Evelyn soprano

Valerie Reid mezzo-soprano

Michael Bracegirdle tenor

Tom Asher bass


Bury Bach Choir

Nayland Choir

Prometheus Orchestra

Philip Reed conductor

The prodigiously gifted Felix Mendelssohn first conceived of writing the oratorio Elijah in 1836, but it was not until ten years later that a commission from the Birmingham Festival gave him the opportunity to do so.  Having determined that the work should present the characters as real people, he was unable to find a suitable librettist, and decided to write most of the libretto himself.  The completed work was first performed on 26 August 1846 in Birmingham Town Hall to a packed audience of two thousand, and was an instant success. For many years Elijah was second only in popularity to Handel’s Messiah, but sadly Mendelssohn was to die only a year after its first performance.


Elijah, with its dramatic, almost operatic, style marks a significant step forward from the earlier choral masterpieces of Bach and Handel.  From its imaginative and energetic orchestration, to the beauty of so many of the arias and choruses, to the dramatic portrayal of Elijah himself, this work deserves its place as one of the great choral masterpieces.  We are delighted to be bringing it to Bury St Edmunds after an absence of many years.  Please come and enjoy, with us, this wonderful music.


Bury Bach Choir is joined for this performance by members of Nayland Choir. This concert forms part of the 2017 Bury St Edmunds Festival.



Booking opens 27 February 2017

Tickets £25 and £20 (reserved), £15 (unreserved)

Early booking discount £2 off all tickets booked by 22 April 2017


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