Elijah set to be performed at Minster

PUBLISHED: 10:26 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:18 15 June 2010

Axminster Choral Society has chosen one of the big three for its next concert. Handel s Messiah, Haydn s The Creation and Mendelssohn s Elijah have topped the bill for choral societies ever since they were written and it is Elijah that will be Axminster's choice for the concert at the Minster

Axminster Choral Society has chosen one of the 'big three' for its next concert. Handel's Messiah, Haydn's The Creation and Mendelssohn's Elijah have topped the bill for choral societies ever since they were written and it is Elijah that will be Axminster's choice for the concert at the Minster, on Saturday, April 4, at 7.30 pm.

Mendelssohn's masterpiece, written for the Birmingham Festival of 1846, when he himself conducted the first performance in the Town Hall, was an immediate success. It was arias like O Rest in the Lord, Lord God of Abraham and If with all your hearts, and great choruses such as Be Not Afraid that have endeared the work to both performers and audiences ever since.

Dr Francis Burroughes will conduct and Brenda Soothill leads the St Mary's Orchestra. Four soloists, yet to be named, will come from the Guildhall School of Music. Tickets may be obtained from the Archway Bookshop, Axminster, or at the door.

John Dalton

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