Date(s) - 10/03/2018
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Harrogate Choral Society are really excited to be performing Mendelssohn’s great oratorio Elijah in the Royal Hall on 10th March.
Chairman Peter Thompson said:
It will be a fantastic concert as the music has such easy appeal with its melodrama, powerful choruses, lyrical solos and outstanding orchestral sounds.
It was the first work performed by the Society in 1948 and thus is an obvious choice for our 70th Anniversary.
Elijah is at times more like an opera than an oratorio so it is most appropriate that the Soprano for the concert is Samantha Hay who has sung the Queen of the Night (from Mozart’s Magic Flute) on several occasions and will be touring to Hong Kong later this year with Welsh National Opera.
Gaynor Keeble, Mezzo, has also sung with many opera companies and is looking forward to singing this summer with the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. Both Gaynor and Samantha are also experienced oratorio singers.
Tenor Luke Sinclair has been described as possessing a ‘Ringingly heroic tenor’ and recently completed his studies at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Scott Johnson. He has also sung numerous opera roles and in oratorio has sung the lead role in Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius.
Last but not least Bass Alex Ashworth is a professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music who combines this teaching role with a busy soloist career in both opera and oratorio performing under the baton of some of conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Sir Colin Davis.
The orchestra for this performance of Elijah will be the well loved Amici Ensemble and the Choral Society’s Music Director Andrew Padmore will be conducting. You can find out more about Harrogate Choral Society by visiting the website www.harrogatechoral.org.uk
HCS will be continuing the 70th Anniversary pledge to support a local charity at each concert and the chosen charity for this concert is “Our Angels” who will receive £1 for each ticket sold. Formed in 2009 and working alongside staff from Harrogate Hospital’s maternity ward, the charity supports bereaved families who are grieving the loss of a baby.
You can find out more about the charity at their website http://ourangelscharity.co.uk/
Tickets are just £15 or £20, with £5 tickets for under 16s, students and unwaged and are on sale from the Harrogate theatre box office, tel 01423 502116 or online at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk and there will be some available for sale on the door on the night. Don’t miss the chance to hear this audience favourite and support Our Angels’ worthy cause at the same time.