About the 2019 Season

Monday 6 May at 7.30pm
Sherborne Abbey

Mendelssohn Elijah

Part of Sherborne Abbey Festival

Bass/Elijah David Soar
Soprano Josephine Goddard
Mezzo soprano Frances Gregory
Tenor Rhys Batt
Bass Adam Maxey
Sherborne Classical Players
Conductor Paul Ellis

Join the Festival’s own highly acclaimed choir and period orchestra for a well-loved choral epic. Written for a British audience, Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah was a huge success at its premiere in Birmingham Town Hall in 1846. An enthusiastic audience of 2000 heard its first performance and The Times commented that there was ‘never a more thorough and speedy recognition of a great work of art’. It has remained one of the stalwarts of the choral repertoire ever since. With rich orchestral colour and stirring choruses, the powerful score brings to life the story of the great prophet Elijah, an important figure for Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The piece is full of drama: earthquake, wind, fire and drought, famine, flood and resurrection are all there, inspiring the composer to produce some of his greatest music.

Our five soloists are led by Bass David Soar as Elijah, much in demand on the concert platform and in the opera house, with major roles in the current season at the Royal Opera House and English National Opera.

‘David Soar was vocally imposing and a vivid story-teller’ Classical Source

‘David Soar used his thunderous bass to commanding effect as the Priest’ Backtrack

‘David Soar… sings with dashing restraint’ The Telegraph

Registration to be part of the choir is now closed. If you would like to take part on a rehearsal-only basis, click here to contact us.