Saturday, 12th March, 2016 at 7:30pm, St James Church Muswell Hill, London N10

Introduction from Murray Hipkin, Musical Director. (Please note that this concert has now taken place.)

I am delighted to invite you to our next concert and to inform you that tickets are now on sale (available online here) and are expected to sell very quickly.

Elijah is arguably Felix Mendelssohn’s greatest masterpiece and certainly the best known of his works. First conceived in 1837 but not performed until shortly before the composer's premature death in 1847, this towering oratorio takes its inspiration from baroque masterworks such as Handel's Messiah and the Passions of J S Bach. Unusual for its innovative and dramatic treatment of epic biblical themes which contrast with the humanity and humility of the prophet whose story it tells, it changed the form of the sacred oratorio for ever. Following the premiere, the Times commented: "Never was there a more complete triumph - never a more thorough and speedy recognition of a great work of art."

We will be performing the piece with full orchestra (the Meridian Sinfonia), without cuts, and with a wonderful team of soloists led by the distinguished baritone David Kempster. Described as “the Verdi baritone of choice for Welsh National Opera”, David began his career as a principal baritone at English National Opera and we are very grateful to him for agreeing to appear with us in between performances of Gianni Schicchi at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He is joined by three rising stars: soprano Eleanor Dennis, who made such an impression in our recent Bach concert, mezzo-soprano Rosie Aldridge, who some may remember from our performance of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in 2011, and tenor, Christopher Turner, who last appeared with NLC in Mozart's Mass in C Minor in 2012 . The treble soloist is Jamie Somerville.

This is sure to be a very popular event so please book early to secure your tickets. For more information, follow the links in the white text above.

With best wishes, and thank you for your continuing support.

I look forward to seeing you on 12 March.

Murray Hipkin Musical Director - North London Chorus