St Edward’s Singers in Concert

On Sunday, the St Edward’s Singers, Chamber and Chapel Choirs and a professional orchestra joined together for a superb performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in the Hall. The fine array of soloists included Samuel Mitchell (Elijah, bass), OSE Rosalie Warner (alto) and Ben Durrant (tenor) as well as soloists from the Chamber Choir. Based on the biblical text of Elijah, the various musical numbers depict the drought prophecy, the raising of the widow’s son, the rival sacrifices, the appearance of the rain in answer to Elijah’s appeal, Jezebel’s persecution of Elijah, the sojourn in the desert, his return and his disappearance in the fiery chariot. From the opening chorus (“Help, Lord!”) to the final notes of the closing fugue, the audience were treated to a great display of dramatic contrasts. The St Edward’s Singers were in fine form and responded well to the challenges of the score. The Chapel and Chamber Choirs were particularly well blended in the quietest moments, featuring on their own in many of the numbers. Secure performances were given by Sasha Holland, Emily Powell, Lucienne Young and Lu Wright, the latter singing from the lighting gallery to great effect. All performers were kept together by the expert baton of Neville Creed. Many congratulations to all involved! Parents and friends who would like to sing in future performances should contact Neville Creed: creedn@stedwardsoxford.org.

 

 

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