INVERNESS Choral Society, conducted by Gordon Tocher, returns to the stage at Eden Court on Saturday to sing one of Mendelssohn’s last major compositions.
First performed in Birmingham Town Hall in 1846, to great acclaim. Elijah is one of the key works in the development of the choral tradition that was so important a part in Victorian life, and is inherited by today’s choral societies.
Mendelssohn himself worked simultaneously on both the English and German libretto.
Elijah’s story is full of dramatic incident and the composer responded to it with a score equally dramatic in its effect, building up to the Old Testament prophet’s final triumphant exit in a fiery chariot.
The soloists in this performance each take a number of roles in the story. Baritone Donald Maxwell formerly of English National Opera, fellow Covent Garden veterans mezzo-soprano Frances McCafferty and soprano Judith Howarth and tenor Gordon Wilson perform the recitatives and arias that develop the tale to accompaniment from the Inverness Choral Sinfonia.
• Inverness Choral perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the Empire Theatre, Eden Court, at 7.30pm on Saturday 26th April.