What's on Music Mendelssohn Elijah Date: Saturday 19 October 2019 Time: 7.30pm Zoë Brookshaw soprano Diana Moore mezzo-soprano Ben Johnson tenor James Platt bass John-Ellis Wallace boy treble London Orchestra da Camera David Temple conductor An opportunity to see one of the country’s best symphonic choirs perform one of Britain’s most popular choral works in the sublime surroundings of St Albans Cathedral. Elijah was very much the Messiah of its day: a hugely popular work that absolutely cemented Mendelssohn’s position as one of the greatest composers of sacred music. Two thousand people attended the premiere performance of Elijah, which saw Mendelssohn himself take to the podium at Birmingham Town Hall. Elijah has an imaginative orchestration and the variety Mendelssohn brings to the recitatives ensure that they always maintain dramatic impetus. Many arias and choruses have a sheer beauty but above all, there is no mistaking the work’s considerable dramatic impact, epitomised by the vivid characterisation of Elijah himself. Hertfordshire Chorus is conducted by David Temple MBE. It regularly performs with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and it has recently been broadcast on BBC Radio3 and BBC Radio2. Its latest critically acclaimed CD Ode to a Nightingale (Will Todd) and Codebreaker (James McCarthy) was recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra for Signum Records. For more information see www.hertfordshirechorus.org.uk * Hertfordshire Chorus is grateful to the Dean and Chapter of St Albans and the Master of the Music, Andrew Lucas, for the preparation of, and permission to use, a Chorister from the Cathedral Choir in this performance. Tickets: Premium £25 - Centre front with full view Classic £20 - Centre middle with full view Standard plus £16 - Centre back with full view Standard £12 - Centre back with full view No view £12 - Mainly located in the aisles or behind pillars. These seats have no view of the stage. No view seats will only be released when seats with views have sold out. Concessions: Children under 18 £5, Students with ID £5. Wheelchair spaces and carer discounts can only be booked through the Box Office on 01727 890290. Doors will open 30 minutes before concert starts. There is an interval of 20 minutes during this performance.