The Elgar Chorale of Worcester, invites you to
Come & Sing Mendelssohn’s oratorio ‘Elijah’
Saturday 15th October 2022, 9:30am at Alice Ottley Hall,
RGS Worcester, Upper Tything, Worcester. WR1 1HP
Following the trials and tribulations of the last two and a half years, The Elgar Chorale of Worcester returns to the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, with a Come & Sing Elijah workshop examining Mendelssohn’s masterpiece.
An appropriate piece in these turbulent times, ‘Elijah’ is a tour de force for soloists and chorus. From the first bass declamation “As God the Lord of Israel liveth” to the final choruses “And then shall your light break forth” and “Lord, our Creator“, Mendelssohn gives us an emotional trip.
The story is of the seven years of famine, the failure of the god Baal, when called on by the people to respond. Elijah then calls on his God instead to end the drought. When “a little cloud ariseth . . . The storm rushes louder and louder!” the drought ends, and with the chorus “Thanks be to God, He laveth the thirsty land” Mendelssohn ends the first part.
We are then told of Elijah’s flight into the desert after being denounced by Queen Jezebel and chorus of the people: “Woe to him . . .Let the guilty prophet perish. . . .He shall die!” Elijah is despondent, but while he sleeps he is refreshed by angels who tell him to “wait patiently for Him”.
Following a storm, an earthquake and a fire, God comes to Elijah: “a still small voice: and in that still voice onward came the Lord”.
Elijah praises the Lord and is taken up into Heaven on a “fiery, fiery chariot”. With the final chorus “And then shall your light break forth . . . Amen”.
Originally composed for the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival, ‘Elijah’ premiered at the Festival on 26 August 1846 at Birmingham Town Hall. Declared an immediate success, ‘Elijah’ quickly become a staple of the English choral repertoire.
Piers Maxim, Director of Music of the Elgar Chorale, will lead the workshop, with our brilliant accompanist, Euodia Jordan. Alan Fairs, bass soloist will join us at the afternoon break. Members of the Chorale will sing the other solo parts at an informal performance. Family and friends are more than welcome to attend.
Programme for the day:
From 9:30am. Arrival, registration & collection of music scores.
10:00am – 12:30 pm Morning session including a tea/coffee break
12:30pm – 1:30pm Buffet Lunch Break
1:30pm – 4:00pm. Afternoon session
3:30pm – 4:00pm Tea
4:00pm – 5:00pm. Family & friends will are welcome to attend an informal performance with soloists
So, if you would like to spend a day going through this wonderful music with us do “Come & Sing Elijah”.