Elijah comes to Woking!
A very special night for lovers of classical music is planned by Woking Choral Society when they perform the epic oratorio Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn which is scheduled for the H G Wells Hall on December 3rd 2011.
Elijah is widely considered to be one of the supreme works in the choral repertoire standing alongside Handel’s Messiah in popularity. It is a truly momentous and awe- inspiring experience, placing great demands on the choristers, soloists and orchestra.
It tells the story of the Old Testament prophet Elijah who is instructed by God to bring his wrath on the Israeli King Ahab and his wife Jezebel for their worship of false Gods. It is a powerful story based on a text taken from The Old Testament Book II Kings. It is a work that is powerful, dramatic and full of beautiful melodies; the high point in the creative output of the German composer Felix Mendelssohn.
The work has a special place in British culture, having been specially written for the 1846 Birmingham Festival, where it had its first performance to an audience of two thousand on 26th August 1846, who gave it a rapturous reception. It has never lost its unique appeal and remains perennially popular to this day.
The concert will feature the Bartholdy Chamber orchestra and four soloists under the baton of Woking Choral Society’s conductor Ben Palmer.
Further information on the concert and ticket prices can be found on the choir’s website www.wokingchoral.org.uk where ticket reservations can be made for what is sure to be a sell-out occasion. Alternatively telephone Susan Nichols on 01483 767852.
The tickets will be £15 full (£14 for parties of ten or more) or £8 for students. They can be booked online at http://www.wokingchoral.org.uk or obtained from H. G. Wells Centre Box Office | The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking | Christ Church Shop, Town Square, Woking | Surrey Music Store, Woking | Brittens Music, West Byfleet. Woking’s The Key scheme applies.